'They Were Lucky': Family, Driver Escape Injury After Mercedes Slams Into Walnut Creek House

An East Bay family received quite the wake-up call late Sunday when a Mercedes-Benz sedan slammed into their home, fire officials said.

The young driver of the Mercedes lost control of his car just before midnight along the 2500 block of San Miguel Drive in Walnut Creek before crashing into the home's office space and living room, according to Contra Costa County Fire Department Battalion Chief Dominic Ciotola.

No one inside the home was injured, but they were surprised, according to homeowner Peter Zwart.

Zwart described the crash as being "loud" and causing a "boom" that led to "shouting kids and (a) shouting wife."

The location where the vehicle plowed into the home was recently converted from a bedroom to a work space. That construction may have helped save a life.

"They were extremely lucky that nobody was sleeping in what would have been a bedroom," Ciotola said. "They were lucky"

The driver was also able to escape the scene unscathed, according to Ciotola.

Authorities do not believe that alcohol played a factor in the crash.

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