Car Plows Through Garage At Manhattan Home

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Riley County police officials say a driver talking on her cell phone misjudged the road she was traveling on and ended up plowing through the garage of a Manhattan home, coming to a stop in the backyard.

It happened Sunday, June 3, 2012, at 11:10 PM in the 2300 block of Anderson Avenue.

Captain Kurt Moldrup with the Riley County Police Department says 27-year-old Tabatha Kurtenbach from Junction City was on her cell phone driving west on Anderson Avenue in her 2007 Honda Accord when she failed to negotiate a curve in the road.

Her car went straight, leaving the roadway and traveled into the driveway of a nearby home at 2300 Wildwood Lane.

The Honda went completely through the garage- smashing into the garage door, out the back wall of the structure and into the backyard of the home.

Kurtenbach was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

After the crash, the garage was determined to be structurally unsound and the power to the garage was turned off. Responding emergency crews assisted with removal of the car from the yard.

Manhattan is a hands-free city, meaning that it is against the law for drivers to talk on their cell phones behind the wheel.

Captain Moldrup says the accident is still under investigation and police have not yet issued any citations.

Moldrup says the police report indicates that Kurtenbach was talking on her phone at the time of the crash but neighbors tell 13 News that an eyewitness told them that her head was down when she missed the curve in the road, appearing as though she was texting behind the wheel. Neighbors helped the homeowner make a sign that is posted in front of the destroyed garage that says: "Look at my home... she was texting!"

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