Car Just Misses Sleeping Child in Bedroom

The occupants of the car have not been found.

By Scott McGrew
|  Friday, Jul 27, 2012  |  Updated 5:28 AM PDT
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Car Just Misses Sleeping Child in Bedroom

Scott McGrew / NBC Bay Area

A house has been struck by a car near the Ikea in East Palo Alto.

A young mother and her children were shaken up but uninjured after a car slammed into the side of their  bedroom in a house in East Palo Alto.

Police say a late model Cadillac travelling east down Bell Street crossed Cooley Avenue and clipped one house before crashing into the garage of another. 

Sarah Tina Gutierrez and her two children were sleeping in that garage, which had been converted into a bedroom. She has a 2-month-old daughter and a 3-year-old son.

"They were screaming but they were fine," Gutierrez said. "My brother had to break the [bedroom] door down to get us out. It was very scary."

Apparently a book case took the brunt of the impact.

The family was left with a huge mess to clean up but said they felt blessed that no one was hurt.

The accident happened about one block north of Ikea.

Witnesses say as many as four people fled from the car before police arrived.  An East Palo Alto officer says the car was not involved in any sort of chase.

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