A man has been charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication after police said he crashed his car into a Bellevue home, killing a woman inside.
According to Metro police, Bobbie Ann Lafollette was resting on her couch just before 1 a.m. Sunday when a white Lexus hit a pole, crossed several front yards and slammed into her River Plantation condo.
Lafollette, 71, who is believed to be the homeowner, was killed.
"An officer was close by, responded to the scene. Citizens flagged him down, noticed the debris in the roadway, followed the debris and found the crash scene," said Lt. Mike Gilliland with Metro police.
Neighbors said they woke up to a loud boom and were heartbroken to learn how the woman died.
"When I looked inside the house, all I saw was dry wall, insulation and smoke," said witness Allan Safdie.
The impact destroyed the car, sending tires and debris flying. Metro officers said the driver and the passenger ran away from the scene.
"I came up to two young men coming out of the side of the house, obviously having gotten out of the car and running off in that direction," Safdie said.
Hours passed before the car could be removed. Once that happened, investigators searched the Lexus for more evidence.
"When a vehicle crashes through a home - it's a two-story home - it created a structural stability problem," Gilliland said.
Officers found the driver and passenger nearby. Police said they were covered in drywall dust and had injuries consistent with having been in a car crash.
The driver, 28-year-old Michael Harris, faces a number of charges, including vehicular homicide by intoxication, reckless endangerment and leaving the scene of a fatal crash.
Harris is being held on a $135,000 bond. He was previously convicted of DUI in 2015.
Police said Harris refused to perform a field sobriety test and smelled of alcohol. His blood sample will be analyzed for alcohol and drug content..
"At this point, preliminarily, we believe speed is going to be a contributing factor. We will be conducting toxicology testing," Gilliland said.
Both Harris and his passenger, 24-year-old Cody Taylor, were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Police have not said whether Taylor will face any charges.
The crash caused power outages for at least 40 homes in the River Plantation neighborhood on Monday morning.
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