Homeowner wakes after car smashes into guest bedroom

CREATED Feb 1, 2013 - UPDATED: Feb 1, 2013

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MILWAUKEE --  A car plowed into a home on Milwaukee's southside Friday afternoon.

It happened near 58th Street and Morgan Avenue. Homeowner Chris Monigold was upstairs sleeping.

"Felt the house shake," he said. "Heard a loud thump and woke up and saw the car in the guest bedroom."

His wife was in the living room, just across the hall from where the car hit. Luckily no one was hurt, but Monigold rushed out to check on the car's driver and passengers.

"They were a little apologetic in terms of they never -- you know -- first time they hit a house," said Monigold. "Not something that happens."

Looking at the tire tracks you can see the car was headed east on Morgan when it suddenly veered left, across the median, two lanes of traffic and smashed into the house. According to Captain Jerome Leary with Milwaukee Police, the crash was caused by a hit-and-run driver forcing the car into the home. The other car has not yet been found, but did leave a license plate at the scene.

A tow truck driver had to haul the car away. The impact left a huge hole in the Monigold's home on a night the wind-chill is below zero. Still, Monigold remained calm.

"It's an accident, things happen," he said. You know that's why we have insurance. That's why everyone's okay. That's the main thing."