Car goes “airborne,” crashes through Covina garage

COVINA — A man was hospitalized for mental evaluation Sunday after he crashed his car through a residential garage, police said.
The driver of the car, a 33-year-old Covina man, was not arrested Sunday but was hospitalized for psychological evaluation due to erratic behavior following the crash, Covina police Lt. Tim Doonan said.
The crash occurred about 3:51 p.m. at the corner of Nearglen Avenue and Wingate Street, the lieutenant said.
The driver was making a turn from westbound Wingate Street to southbound Nearglen Avenue at high speed when he went wide and launched his 1985 Toyota Camry from a handicapped access ramp along the sidewalk, Doonan said.
“The car went airborne, over the front yard, and took out a portion of a cinder block wall,” he said. “It also demolished a shed behind the block wall.”
“While still airborne, it made complete penetration through the garage wall and into the garage,” Doonan said.
No one was home at the house, and the Camry’s driver was not hurt, he added. The cause of the crash remained under investigation.
Following the crash, Doonan said, the driver was uncooperative with police and made statements causing officers to question his mental state. He was taken to an area hospital for mental evaluation.

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  • Azar Hadi

    Why is police questioning metal state of the driver, why not sudden unintended acceleration which very common with Toyota and Lexus? Of course when Toyota takes off like a rocket anyone would with in shock and the mental state should be questioned.

    • Guest

      Because that doesn’t exist. Investigations are based in reality, not fantasy.

    • The_Masked_Avenger

      It’s an 85 for God’s sake.

      • Azar Hadi

        Remember Audi back in 80’s?

        • disqus_pMo2Yd12qH

          Remember how it turned out to be driver error with them too?
          “Like Toyota, Audi was also largely exonerated by a DOT report, published in March 1989.”

      • Francene

        Wait to you get old? Hope you
        hav a #SUA preferably in your
        Masters beloved Toyota!

        • The_Masked_Avenger

          I’m over 65, retired, have a Ranger and a Sonata.

          • A retiree who stalks Toyota critics “for the fun of it?” Pieces of puzzle adding up!

          • disqus_pMo2Yd12qH

            A moron who jumps to stupid conclusions on any story involving a car accident and tries to blame toyota when no Toyota is involved “for the fun of it”? Pieces of the puzzle adding up!

          • The_Masked_Avenger

            If I was “stalking ” you, you would know it. You have an open profile. That gives me the right to take a look at what you are posting and comment if I so desire. Either deal with it or switch to “private”.

        • The_Masked_Avenger

          So, are you Charlene or Azar with a new profile?