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Morning 'Visitor' Leaves House in Shambles

June 18, 1989|From Associated Press

REEDLEY, Calif. — Rick Rapada and his 12-year-old daughter had an early morning visitor who didn't bother to knock before knocking down their living room wall.

Rapada said the first sound he heard when he awoke Friday morning was tires screeching. Moments later a 1973 Mercury Cougar, still running, was parked in his living room with a television and some clothes resting on the hood.

The impact tore a refrigerator door off its hinges and knocked a built-in dishwasher to the other side of the house. Neither Rapada nor his daughter, Michelle, was injured.

Jennifer Suniga, 27, lost control of her car when another vehicle pulled in front of her, police said. Suniga told police that she hit the brakes and careened through a fence and over 20 feet of lawn before crashing into the home.

Suniga, who is pregnant, was taken to a hospital for observation but was not admitted.

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