Les Rollins has lived in his house on the corner of 13th Street and Wagon Wheel Road for 45 years, but an incident Tuesday was a first for him.
Rollins, who was at work Tuesday morning, received a call from police around 11:15 a.m. after a 16-year-old driver missed the corner on 13th Street, barreled through his chain-link fence and slammed into the side of his west Lawrence house.
“I don’t know if the wall is broken or not,” Rollins said while taking inventory of the damage. “It’s kind of a mess inside.”
Lawrence police on the scene said the driver was traveling at a high rate of speed, but just how fast he was going is still under investigation.
Neighbors who heard the impact estimated the car had to be traveling between 60 and 80 miles per hour.
“This is by far the fastest I have ever heard a car go down our street,” said Tom Waller, who was doing yard work at his house on 13th Street. “I knew that they weren’t going to make this corner.”
Diane Frook heard the impact from inside her home.
“I saw them jump out of the car, and that was a good sign that everybody was all right,” Frook said. “They were really upset, understandably.”
Lawrence police Sgt. Matt Sarna said there were two 17-year-old passengers in the car. One received minor injuries in the crash but was not transported to the hospital.
Sarna said there appeared to be significant structural damage to the house, although Rollins did not yet have a damage estimate.
“We’ll get it fixed, I hope,” Rollins said. “Nobody’s hurt. That’s the important thing.”
Officers were also investigating reports that the driver was involved in another accident, striking a mailbox farther east on 13th Street.
Sarna said the driver was issued a citation for reckless driving and driving on a restricted license.