Driver suffers medical problem, crashes SUV into Beaverton house
BEAVERTON, Ore. - A 71-year-old man who had a medical problem at the wheel drove his SUV into a Beaverton home Sunday morning.
No one inside the home was hurt. The driver, Dennis Lamm, was taken to a hospital.
Washington County sheriff's deputies said the crash happened near the "T" intersection of Southwest 139th Avenue and Domino Street at around 7:15 a.m. Lamm was driving on 139th Avenue when he suffered the medical problem and continued straight toward the house. Deputies said his Chevy Equinox hit a parked car, drove through the yard and into the home's front bay window.
Hal Fry and his wife Michelle Robertson were home at the time of the crash, along with Hal's son Kyle Hubler. Luckily, no one was in the living room when the SUV came crashing through.
"We were watching some movies on Hulu and we stayed up past midnight," Fry said. "And we didn't set the alarm."
"It was just a loud, banging, crashing noise," he said.
Michelle Robertson said sleeping in probably saved their lives.
"Normally, most mornings, we're up at the time this happened," said Robertson. "We're sitting right where the car was."
"Sometimes sleeping in is a good thing," she said.
The vehicle had to be cut open to safely get Lamm out. He was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries. Deputies said he does not face any charges at this time.
The crash didn't damage the house's structural integrity, according to Sgt. David Thompson. It fit perfectly through the window.
"The firemen got in and drove it right out," Fry said. "Backed it right out. Almost like it was supposed to be here."
KATU's Dan Cassuto contributed to this story.