Sixteen-year-old Karla woke up around 3 a.m. to banging on her door and the wreckage of a pickup in her Southeast Austin bedroom only 7 feet from her bed.
She thought she was still asleep.
“I heard like a crash, or something like, ‘Boom!’ ” said Karla, whose parents asked the American-Statesman not to give her last name to protect their privacy. “But then I thought it was just in my dream or something so I didn’t pay attention.”
But it wasn’t a dream — the truck had knocked a hole in her bedroom wall, shoving most of her furniture toward her door.
The vehicle’s driver tried to run from the home, Karla said, but her older brother chased him down and held him until the police arrived at the home in the 4400 block of East Stassney Lane.
Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services Capt. Jason Beggs said the driver, 42-year-old Vidal Menjibar, was taken to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center with serious injuries.
Police later booked Menjibar into the Travis County Jail around 7:40 a.m. on charges of driving while intoxicated, accident involving damage to a vehicle and unlawful carrying of a weapon, jail records show. His bail was set at a combined $26,000 for all the charges.
After the crash, Karla’s parents furiously knocked on her door to make sure she was safe. With her furniture and other belongings squished in front of her bedroom door, Karla said, her parents had to shove their way inside.
But she was unharmed. Karla said no one in her family was taken to the hospital after the incident.
“My closet and everything got messed up, except my bed. That was weird. There were, like, rocks around my bed,” Karla said. “Everything was around my bed. I think the truck was more, it was kind of like outside, but in my room.”
Debris piled up in the front yard outside Karla’s room, which had been boarded up by midmorning. The family did not yet have an estimated cost of the damage.
Tuesday’s crash into a structure is the second such incident reported in Southeast Austin this month. On May 14, a vehicle crashed into the Central Health Southeast Health and Wellness Center in the 2900 block of Montopolis Drive around 1:30 a.m. Jeremy Cartwright, 42, was charged with driving while intoxicated.