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Vehicle drives into house
by Mary Atkinson · January 15, 2014

Imagine coming home and seeing a vehicle sticking out of the front of your house. That's what happened to Ashley Herlein last Tuesday, Dec. 30.

A 2002 Ford Explorer driven by Juan Gutierreza, 47, was headed west on A Street when, instead of braking, Gutierreza accelerated.

The vehicle jumped the curb and crashed into Herlein's house located on the corner of A Street and South Columbus.

The accident occurred early in the afternoon, when the vehicle traveled across the front lawn and traveled through both the porch and front door of the house, puncturing the premises.

According to WL Police Chief Lawrence McNaul, no one was injured, he also confirmed that Gutierreza had insurance.

He added that the condition of that particular road was normal, even though some spots in town remained slick. The accident was due to the vehicle’s accidental acceleration, even though recent snow fall has caused many minor collisions lately in the Muscatine County area.

McNaul also said that damages are estimated around $10,000 and Gutierreza was cited for failure to maintain control of his vehicle.

"I hate to think what would have happened if we had been home," said Herlein. "I've already talked to someone about this corner needing a stop sign or something. I told a friend how I was worried that something like this might happen, but she said not to worry about it and look what happened."

Due to the nature of the curve into a 90 degree turn, her house is directly in line for any possible accidents. While there's a clear speed marker, many individuals still travel faster than they should when coming into the south end of West Liberty.

Herlein has mentioned the possibility of requesting a stop sign at the location from the city. She is still working on repairing damages from the accident.

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