A driver fleeing from police on July 4 managed to survive an 80 mph crash into a brick wall, literally. Police say Kameron Smith was driving under the influence when he fled the police in an unregistered, uninsured Mini Cooper. The chase lasted two miles before Kameron crossed over the southbound lane on North George Street in Manchester Township and flew across into Jennifer Smith's yard and into the side of her house.
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The Mini-Cooper punched a hole in the brick home before bouncing off the wall and coming to a halt on its side. Kameron tried to flee the scene of the crash but was quickly surrounded by officers who took him into custody at gunpoint. Surveillance footage caught the crash on video and shows Kameron flying into the home at 80 mph. The homeowner Jennifer Smith said, "At first I thought maybe a bookcase fell over or something, but it was so loud and it went on for so long that I knew someone had hit the house."
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"It is very frustrating because now my homeowner's insurance policy is going to go through the roof," Smith said. She will have to pay a $1,000 deductible and about $20,000 in damages from the car. The whole left by Kameron's vehicle striking the home was boarded up by Smith's neighbor who is a contractor. "I'll ask for restitution as part of Kameron Smith's criminal charges to make sure I get at least the deductible back that I have to pay out of pocket," Smith said.
Smith added, "But that doesn't always guarantee you're going to see your money." Kameron Smith is facing charges that include driving under suspension, fleeing and eluding, and driving an unregistered vehicle.
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Those Mini-Coopers are well build.
Multiple rolls doing +/- 80mph into a brick House, rapid deceleration a few more rolls and the driver gets out. PLUS he is able to stand up and still have sense enough to raise his hands on demand and get on the ground..
That is one hell of a safety built-in designed car.