EPPING — A 16-year-old driver and her juvenile passenger avoided injury when the teen lost control of her vehicle and struck an unoccupied residence Saturday night, police said.
Police Capt. Jason Newman said the teen driving a Chevrolet Trailblazer attempted to take a left turn off Railroad Avenue onto Route 125 at approximately 10 p.m., when she sped up and jumped a berm on the far side of the roadway, crashing into a rental property at 41 Jannell Court. Newman said the accident caused “significant” damage to the kitchen of the home, but the building was declared structurally sound.
He said impairment was not considered a factor in the crash, and the teen would not be cited for a motor vehicle offense.
“It appears when the driver made a left-hand turn she thought oncoming traffic was coming at her pretty fast so she sped up and that’s when she lost control of the vehicle,” Newman said.
Newman said the property owner had been undergoing a renovation at the residence and was nearly complete with the work, but no one was living in the home at the time of the crash.