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Police in the South Bay say a driver who intentionally crashed his car into a home was trying to kill his family. George Kiriyama reports.
Police in the South Bay say a driver who intentionally crashed his car into a home was trying to kill his passengers: his wife and two kids.
The car, a four-door Acura TL, went through the fence and took out a metal pillar that had been placed there.
Apparently, other cars have gone through the fence of the Campbell home before, but those were accidents. This incident, at a home at the intersection of Westmont and San Tomas Aquino, was intentional, according to Campbell police.
Police arrested the driver, Campbell-resident Anthony McSherry, for attempted homicide because, they say, he was endangering the lives of his family members who were also in the car. All four of them were hospitalized with minor injuries.
McSherry, 27, also was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.
A witness told NBC Bay Area the crash sounded like a house had exploded. He says he ran down the block and saw the driver running away from the backyard.
Another person chased after the driver, caught him and brought him back. Other neighbors rushed over to rescue the mother and two kids out of the car.
"When I came around the corner, the car was in here, the hole in the bushes, and it was smoking,” neighbor Rich Garnaas said. “There were kids in the car screaming and crying. The mother was in there.”
Two people were inside the home at the time of the crash. They were not hurt.
Campbell police said a building inspector was called to the scene to assess damage to the rear of the home.
BELOW: George Kiriyama's photo shows the vehicle involved in the crash being towed away.