Two kids injured after car slams into Whitehaven home

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Whitehaven family was shaken from their beds Monday after an SUV plowed into their home.

It happened in the 4700 block of Gill Road around 2:00 a.m. when the driver, Torik Pipkin, lost control,took out a fire hydrant and then headed straight for the residence.

Two children were sleeping just a few feet from where the truck crashed and were cut by flying debris.

One of them spoke to WREG about the horrifying experience.

"I was laying in bed and I heard a loud boom. I thought I was dreaming," 16-year-old Iyana Staley said.

She quickly discovered what happened Monday morning was not a dream.

The SUV that crashed into her bedroom, nearly killing her, her 6-year-old cousin Ashton and her dog Caesar, was very real.

"The neighbors across the street came in asking me was I okay. The first thing I though about was my dog and my little cousin who was laying right beside me," Staley said.

Her cousin received minor cuts and Caesar escaped unharmed.

But Staley suffered a deep gash on her forehead, requiring several stitches.

"I was just bleeding. Blood was everywhere on my head. I was just sitting there with a towel on my forehead and over my face, trying to hold pressure on it," she said.

Her mother, Johnnie Mae Staley, was in another room and wasn't hurt.

Workers spent Monday morning clearing out bricks, wood, broken glass and debris.

Pipkin, the driver, told police he swerved to avoid a head-on collision and took out a fire hydrant before hitting the house.

Victor Gordon lives a few doors down and was watching TV when the crash happened.

"I saw the red lights from my house," Gordon said." I couldn't figure out what that was. I thought it was thunder. And I thought, 'It's not raining yet, I don't think."

He said something needs to be done about people driving recklessly up and down Gill Road.

"Memphis has been putting up speed bumps. It wouldn't hurt to put up speed bumps since there's a school zone up through here," he said.


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