GALVESTON — An 8-year-old child and his grandmother were unharmed after a vehicle plowed through a wall and into the kitchen of their Galveston apartment Friday evening.
The vehicle left the parking lot and knocked down a neighboring fence before driving through the wall of the first-floor apartment at the Residence at West Beach complex in the 3000 block of 69th Street shortly before 5:30 p.m., Galveston Fire Department Battalion Chief Tim Johnson said.
Minutes before the vehicle crashed into the residence, 8-year-old Joey Olguin had been standing in the kitchen, his mother, Heather Moses, said.
Moses said her son and her mother, Barbrae Moses, were the only two people home and were in a backroom when the accident occurred. Moses received a phone call and rushed home from work to make sure her family was safe.
“She just kept saying over and over, ‘He was just there and he moved,’” Moses said.
Moses’ mother, who has emphysema and other medical issues, was taken to the hospital to be checked out, but appeared to be uninjured, she said.
Kelly Wimberly, a registered nurse who lives on the third floor above the apartment, was on the phone with her mother when she heard a loud “boom.”
She rushed downstairs and entered the apartment to check on Olguin and his grandmother, who relies on an oxygen tank.
Wimberly said the air was thick with dust kicked up by the accident. Olguin and Barbrae Moses were both shaken up, but unharmed, she said.
Wimberly called Olguin and Moses’ family to let them know what happened.
“I just went in to see how they were,” Wimberly said. “Once a nurse, always a nurse.”
The driver of the vehicle, a woman, and a male passenger exited the car and began arguing with each other, Wimberly said.
The driver was given a field sobriety test after police arrived, and later taken to the police department. More information on her name and condition were not immediately available Friday evening.
First responders helped Wimberly, Olguin and Barbrae Moses exit the apartment through a back window, Battalion Chief Johnson said.
Apartments above where the vehicle crashed through the wall were cleared Friday while crews waited for a city engineer to inspect the building’s structural integrity. The vehicle was being left in place Friday night until an inspector determined it could be safely removed, Johnson said.
Heather Moses stayed close to her son, who left the apartment without a pair of shoes, but was unhurt and seemed to be recovering from the fright.
Moses said her shock had given way to gratitude that her family was safe.
“Words can’t even explain it,” she said.