Authorities are investigating what exactly caused a car to slam into a south Sacramento home.
The crash happened just before 10 p.m. Monday, and caused a home along Bridalsmith Drive to flare up into flames.
“I hear screaming, then something hit the wall, then the thing blew up, and by then the car was already on fire,” neighbor Jennifer Pangilinan said.
Renters were not inside the home at the time of the crash, and their dogs were safely rescued by firefighters. Most of their belongings however, were lost.
The California Highway Patrol was the lead investigating agency. They confirmed the driver was 20-year-old Cinque Valentine of Sacramento. He and his twin brother Lavonte Valentine were treated for burns and released. Witnesses say they saw a third passenger, but CHP could not confirm that with FOX40.
“There was a guy who charged into my house, and he said, ‘Help me, help me, I'm burned!’” neighbor Trang Quach said. “And then there was a third person in the car. That boy tried to run into see if he was okay. But there was no one there. He probably fled.”
Authorities are now looking into how exactly the driver driving northbound on Elk Grove Florin Road tore down several trees, a stop sign, a 5-foot cinder block wall, and ultimately destroyed a home. Neighbors said it may have been a street race gone bad.
“Since I live right here, probably around two or three in the morning, you will hear cars zooming down this street, so it happens here,” Pangilinan said.
According to CHP, in the last year, they have ticketed and arrested several street racers on Elk Grove-Florin Road. They said many ignore the 45 mile per hour speed limit, and zoom to a nearby popular racing spot. They are following all leads as the investigation continues.
However, at this time, they are unable to confirm it this was also a street racing incident. No arrests have been made, and no charges have been filed
The home owner said he purchased the three bedroom home three years ago for about $170,000. After all the damages, construction experts told him it would probably cost around $200,000 to fix everything.
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