This week, our Boone County car accident lawyers were shocked and amazed by a news story about a Columbia woman who was visited by a houseguest she wasn't expecting. Rhonda Victor heard a loud noise just after she went to bed on Wednesday , and when she investigated, she discovered a Jeep in her living room.
According to a news release from the Columbia Police Department, an officer had attempted to stop the vehicle for speeding just prior to it crashing into Victor's house. The driver didn't stop, and the officer abandoned the pursuit for safety reasons after following the Jeep for 3 blocks. Immediately thereafter, the officer discovered the vehicle in Victor's living room. The keys were still in the ignition, but the driver was gone. As of this morning, that driver has not been located.
It's unbelievably fortunate that Victor had retired to her bedroom just a few minutes before the Jeep slammed into her house, as she was able to escape potentially critical injuries. Her house, however, wasn't so lucky: Kelley Klean Restoration Company estimates that the damage will cost up to $15,000 to repair.
Had Victor been injured, she would've had a relatively easy time proving negligence, which is a fundamental component of any personal injury lawsuit. Under other circumstances, demonstrating that a party was negligent can be a much more complicated affair.