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A car crashed into a Detroit-area house, starting a fir... A car crashed into a Detroit-area house, starting a fire (WXYZ).
A Detroit family managed to safely escape after a car crashed into the front of their house and started a serious fire last Sunday.

"I honestly couldn't believe what I was seeing. I honestly thought it was video game or something on TV, it just happened that fast," said Bobby Stokes, who witnessed the accident while riding his bike.

Stokes told WXYZ he saw a car disregard a red light, sideswipe another car, jump a curb and crash into the home. Minutes after the collision, the fire broke out and local residents sprang into action, trying to help the driver and the passenger out of the car after the family had safely evacuated the house.

"We had bats, we had chains, we had snow and throwing the snow. The [driver] was unconscious and we were trying to wake up him and get him out," said neighbor Joslynn Brooks, who happened to see the accident from her window.

They were able to save the passenger, but, sadly, the driver was pinned in the car and couldn't be helped.

Brooks captured much of the ordeal on her phone. See the video below for scenes from the accident and the full report from WXYZ Detroit.



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      ronald1216
      • 3 Years Ago
      good for him he cant drive anymore stay off the road now
        gerards2171
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ronald1216
        Alot of good people die in accidents. You should never say good for him. That man has a Mother or Father or family who has to feel the pain forever.
          evilweevil
          • 3 Years Ago
          @gerards2171
          what about the familys and people he hurt or may have hurt if this didnt happen? he could of hit your kid, your wife, maybe your mom or dad. sure his parents or loved ones are greiving, but the driver dosent seem to be innocent . ive heard a saying once act like an -ss be treated like an -ss. or extinguished in this case.
          Merenda
          • 3 Years Ago
          @gerards2171
          well maybe HE shouldn't have been so careless and RAN A RED LIGHT! HE put OTHERS LIVES in danger all so HE could get a milli second ahead of whatever. I cant stand these red light runners. They think their time is so much more important that they're willing to risk other people's lives so they can do their stupid acts. Which my understanding is he was also a drunk driver with teh alchool being reported. I BET you'd be singing a different tune had ANY of the SIX KIDS in the house been killed by this guy!
          Terry
          • 3 Years Ago
          @gerards2171
          Yo...Angry Merenda. Just read a follow up to this story (not on AOL) that says the driver probably had a heart attack and was dead before he hit the house. Try to investigate before ranting.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @gerards2171
          @Merenda You dont know why he ran the red light. lol The reporter clearly stated that it is unknown as to what caused the driver to run the red light. Your heard one person claim they smelled alcohol on the passengers breath. You stated so He could get a milli second ahead of what ever. Im not ruling out the fact that the person ran a red light, or the fact that alcohol could have been a factor. Assumptions makes asses out of people. Im just saying.... I believe Gerards is just saying that even though this person had an accident, caused a house to set fire, he still is human, there for his family will mourn his death. Reguardless of what triggered everything in the first place.
      warren
      • 3 Years Ago
      will be burying a friend this week. The son of a promiment auto sales, BMW here in Tucson hit George then fled the scene. Haven't heard all the details yet but heard about all I need to know that this little bstrd was just absolutely worthless, stupid, thoughtless, inconsiderate, irresponsible, and should never be allowed to drive again. More evidence of the pathetic excuse Liberals parents are and how their stupid ass time outs and retelin do nothing to help instill morals and character into the little bstrds they curse us with. Looking at this unbelievable uproar about 2 English kids saying they're going to trash America and here just yesterday we have American kids burning our flag. Yep, you people should have never been allowed to breed.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very Sad But Ya Know Stuff Happens For A Reason ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! i think its a sign of the end of the world
        • 3 Years Ago
        I would hope, if it was a sign, that you would go first.
      JESSICA RABBIT
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not always safe living so close to a road. im so sorry for the poor man who died in this accident. he is in gods hands now.a very good place to be.not so that we see our dead- sleeping realitives now, but god promises we will again! so the loss of someone is so great to miss them a short time. but the loss of material belongings can be replaced. the man is no longer with his family.. you can buy clothes, you can fix a house or move,but you cant bring back the man. good thing god will soon.
        Dean Sutton
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JESSICA RABBIT
        You don't know that. On what authority can you say; He is in God's hands, now". If he had a medical condition that caused this accident; Okay. But if just a party animal high on drugs or alcohol; definitely not. Do not attempt to imply authority in matters like this.
      • 3 Years Ago
      A sad story..sorry that the driver lost his life....one blessing was he was unconscious so hopefully he felt on pain.
      thothsellshomes
      • 3 Years Ago
      The on board technology in vehicles to recognize other rapidly approaching vehicles or objects in the vehicles' path and warn the driver is already available ... and not cost prohibitive. Hopefully, it will be required in all new vehicles very soon. If this technology is installed in all vehicles, it could prevent such a tragedy ... as well as many hundreds of thousands of traffic related injuries and deaths.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I will ask redcross to see if I can help in some way.
      LL
      • 3 Years Ago
      I heard about the unbelievable deals that people claimed they got from penny auctions. I was curious about how these auctions worked, so I signed up for a BBB Accredited Penny Auction site with a good reputation called BidCactus ( http://tinyurl.com/BestBargainAuctions ). Apparently, Penny auctions work by having people purchase a bid package. Usually you get anywhere from 100-500 bids in a bid package, and you use up these bids by bidding on an item you want. Everytime someone places a bid on an item, the price of the item goes up by one penny. Taking a look through the items on BidCactus, I was surprised by how many of them were really expensive products (Sony TV's, New iPhone's, etc.) that were going for really cheap. What you do is place a Bid on the item you want and this increases the bid timer by 10 seconds. To win an item you have to be the last bidder when the timer hits 0. So my strategy to win a penny auction for a new Apple Ipad 2 was to wait until the timer hit 20 seconds left, and then start placing my bids on it. I waited patiently while the timer counted down, and once it hit that 20 second mark, I started placing my bids. I placed about 15 bids before the timer finally hit zero and I won! I was beyond excited, because the price of the item was only $11. That means, after spending 15 bids and having to purchase the new iPhone 4S, I only had to spend a total of Under $25!
      Marie Speranza
      • 3 Years Ago
      testing
        parainthenoid
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Marie Speranza
        Come on in Marie. The conversation is fine. Don't be afraid to make it better.
      warren
      • 3 Years Ago
      four out of 5 that I see run a redlight are on a cell phone. I'm more than willing to spend time in jail if someone hits me after running a redlight because if I am able, I will drag them from their vehicle and make them wish they had not. Coming home from Djing the other night quite late I approached a light, it turned green some 50 feet or more before I got to it so I proceeded. Watching a car to my right I doubted it would stop and sure enough, this dumb ass little girl ran the light and missed me by inches, and ONLY because I veered to my right. She was doing at least 35+ mph and had she hit me, it would have surely killed or seriously injured my girlfriend. I whipped around and chased her down, got her cornered or so I thought but when I jumped out she spun around and jumped the curb and took off again. She should be glad my girlfriend convinced me not to go after her again, very glad. Vigilante justice, you damn right, cops and the system do little to protect us. I've suffered far more at the hands of this gd system we misnamed justice, but you have to remember, CRIME is a commodtiy to these SOB's, they aren't about to stamp it out or even try, ONLY milk it for profit. Do you think they could hire more staff, buy more toys, build more facilities, get bigger raises if crime went down, hell no.
      recstlmo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Damn, thats a good looking reporter. What is she doing in Detroit?
      LL
      • 3 Years Ago
      I heard about the unbelievable deals that people claimed they got from penny auctions. I was curious about how these auctions worked, so I signed up for a BBB Accredited Penny Auction site with a good reputation called BidCactus ( http://tinyurl.com/BestBargainAuctions ). Apparently, Penny auctions work by having people purchase a bid package. Usually you get anywhere from 100-500 bids in a bid package, and you use up these bids by bidding on an item you want. Everytime someone places a bid on an item, the price of the item goes up by one penny. Taking a look through the items on BidCactus, I was surprised by how many of them were really expensive products (Sony TV's, New iPhone's, etc.) that were going for really cheap. What you do is place a Bid on the item you want and this increases the bid timer by 10 seconds. To win an item you have to be the last bidder when the timer hits 0. So my strategy to win a penny auction for a new Apple Ipad 2 was to wait until the timer hit 20 seconds left, and then start placing my bids on it. I waited patiently while the timer counted down, and once it hit that 20 second mark, I started placing my bids. I placed about 15 bids before the timer finally hit zero and I won! I was beyond excited, because the price of the item was only $11. That means, after spending 15 bids and having to purchase the new iPhone 4S, I only had to spend a total of Under $25!
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