Car soars 100 feet, crashes through roof of Santa Fe business

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by khou.com staff

khou.com

Posted on December 17, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 17 at 7:17 PM

SANTA FE, Texas – Police are searching for the driver of a vehicle that went airborne and crashed through the roof of a septic business in Santa Fe early Saturday.

Police said the driver, identified as Roy Morales, was traveling about 90 miles per hour on Avenue R around 2 a.m. when he missed a turn and left the roadway.

The blue sports car went up a railroad track embankment and launched about 100 feet before it crashed through the roof of Gulf Coast Aerobic Services in the 13200 block of Highway 6.

“Apparently it wasn’t a nightmare that I had,” said Michael Robinson, who owns the business. “We were here all night dealing with this.”

Police said Morales, 20, got out of the vehicle and fled the scene before police arrived.

Detectives said Morales called police hours later to report a stolen car.  After questioning, Morales confessed to crash the car.  He faces potential reckless driving and false report charges.

Authorities estimated the damage around $25,000.

“We’re actually fortunate,” Robinson said.

Though his business will be closed for the next week, Robinson is counting blessings.  He is happy no one, including Morales, suffered injury.

 

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