A speeding BMW careened into a house on Magellan Avenue in Miramar at around 8:30 Thursday night, dealing significant damage to the home before returning to the road and continuing on. No one in the house or on the street was injured.
“I’m kind of shocked,” said the homeowner David Hodge who lives in the home with his wife and their 5-year-old daughter.
The family is currently visiting family in Sweden and has been staying there since March. They awoke Thursday morning to voice messages, emails and texts from friends and neighbors alerting them to crash. They also heard from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and the alarm company.
Security cameras captured the incident, which Hodge was able to observe more than 5,000 miles away.
The house was newly constructed. Finishing touches were completed just before the family left for Sweden.
Hodge, notes, however, that it wasn’t so much the damage to the home that appalled him but the fact that the driver was being so reckless. He says it’s not the first time he has been aware of speeding drivers in the area. The spot neighbors the Miramar Beach Restaurant and Mirada Road, which is often packed with pedestrians
“I have literally gone out there and screamed at people slow down,” Hodge said. “They’re going way too fast.”
Back in the fall, Hodge said he contacted San Mateo County Supervisor Carole Groom about the possibility of installing speed bumps in the area and that she had been looking into it.
“I do think somebody’s got to take action,” Hodge said. “Someone’s going to get killed, people on the Coastside get hit by cars. It’s a fact of life and it’s not something I want to have happen on my street.”
The California Highway Patrol was not immediately available for comment.