2 people injured after suspected drunk driver slams into home

Suspected drunk driver damages home

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Two men have been sent to the hospital after a car crashed into a Richmond home Wednesday night.

“It sounded like an explosion--it was obvious, there was a car in my neighbors house," said Matthew Conover who lives across the street from the crash.

Police received a report of a car colliding with a home at the corner of West 29th and Bainbridge Streets at 11:25 p.m.

According to police, extensive damage was done to the car and the home.

A man and woman were inside the home at the time of the crash. The man was transported to the hospital, and is expected to be okay.

“It looks like their probably going to lose their house--my prayers, my concerns are with my neighbors right now,” said Conover.

While his neighbor recovers, Conover says the community is worried that more crashes could happen if something is not done to slow drivers down as the come down Bainbridge. They want to protect the home on the corner of 29th and Bainbridge.

“There really should be a barrier on the curve--this is the third of fourth time, they have had a car in their yard, first time it’s hit the house,” said Conover. “I would like to see the city put a jersey barrier right there.”

Laura Fisher who has lived on the same block as the crash for 15 years, has continued to take her concerns to city leaders.

“The people that live there are really nice and I have contacted the city for years upon years--a couple of months ago their house was covered in mud after someone almost hit their house," said Fisher “It’s a dangerous curve, and they need to do something about it."

In November 2018, Fisher e-mailed several officials with photos, her concerns and suggestions to make the area safer:

"We need more signage around the curve between 29th and 30th on Brainbridge

We need traffic calming around that curve and and on Forest Hill /Bainbridge in general.

We need the speed limit and other traffic infractions enforced.

The property on the SW corner of 29th and Bainbridge really needs guard rails or something else installed to keep the occupants from getting hurt.

Please. I have been complaining about this for 15 years. Let’s do everything possible so no one gets hurt or killed.

The time is now."

Fisher started an online fundraiser to help her neighbors now displaced by the crash:

“On Tuesday, June 13 at 11:30pm a drunk driver slammed into Shameeka Griffin and Cooley Johnson’s home. These two have been best friends for over 20 years. They have lived in this home for 13 years and been wonderful neighbors. Sadly, since they do not have renter’s insurance and the home has been condemned, they are now homeless. They are in need of community support. The Red Cross will be assisting them for a few days, however, after they will be on their own after that. Moments after the accident it began to rain ruining their personal belongings. Shameeka had been saving for double knee replacement surgery. And Coolie has Parkinson’s Disease and Epilepsy. Coolie was thrown across the room against the wall and spent the night in the hospital.Both are heartbroken to have to leave the neighborhood they love. Please give and share to help our very sweet disabled neighbors.”

The male driver, 29-year-old Henock Snook, was transported to the hospital, and is expected to be okay. He was charged with DUI.

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