Five-car pile up in driveway

Posted on: 9:48 pm, October 1, 2012, by , updated on: 09:59am, October 2, 2012


OKLAHOMA CITY — A metro family said a freak accident destroyed all five of their family vehicles.

It happened while the cars were just sitting in the driveway.

Roy Lewis said he heard the deafening noise from inside his home in the 600 block of Cypress Dr. around 1 a.m. Monday.

“It sounded like an explosion,” Lewis said. “I thought it was gunshots. I really did. I thought that somebody had broken into someone’s house and had opened fire.”

But the scene outside his home stunned him.

A SUV was lying on top of two of his parents’ cars and two others had been shoved into the neighbor’s yard.

“It looked like a bad ending to a demolition derby right in my front yard,” he said.

A driver missed the curve in front of the Lewis home, took out a mailbox, slammed into their cars and went airborne.

“He must’ve been, I mean, booking it,” Lewis said. “I can’t really give you a number on how fast he was going but it was very, very fast, much faster than anyone should be going.”

The crash destroyed a BMW, a truck, a Jeep, a Cadillac and pinned a fifth car inside the damaged garage.

“We never expected for them all to get ruined in one hit, but that’s what happened,” Lewis said.

Lewis is a college student at University of Central Oklahoma.

He didn’t have a car to get to classes Monday.

The shocking accident has left Lewis and his parents basically stranded.

He said they haven’t been able to get the suspect’s insurance information.

“We were told by the police that we would have to wait for the report to be filed which would take 8 to 10 business days,” he said. “So in the meantime, we’re just trying to get a vehicle or two so that we can go to work and school and continue about our lives.”

A spokesperson for the Oklahoma City police department said typically officers give accident victims a citizen’s assistance form that lists the case number, names of people involved and insurance information.

But she said not every officer does that every time.

She said the Lewis family is entitled to that information and they’ll work to make sure they get that.