MOUNT WASHINGTON — Juliet and her dog were sitting in the front of the Chevy van that they live in on Marmion Way when she heard a loud crash behind her vehicle early Sunday morning. Then there were the sounds of metal scraping against metal and then another crash. She went outside and discovered that a pickup truck had slammed into her van and trailer and also plowed into the camper parked in front of her. She called out to Thomas, who lived in the camper that had been flattened. He eventually emerged from the rubble and told her to call 911.
Now, Juliet and Thomas are living with the aftermath of the crash that destroyed and heavily damaged the vehicles they call home. I”m trying to think positive,” said Juliet, a former nurse and musician who continues to live in her damaged van.
The LAPD today did not have information about the crash on Marmion, where many homeless people park their cars, trucks and campers at the base of Mount Washington. But nearby residents said a loud crash was heard at about 1 am. ” It was a horrible sounding crash with screeching brakes and boom boom boom boom boom!,” said one resident named Carol. “My neighbor heard someone scream, ‘They got away, they got away!'”
Juliet and Thomas sustained only minor injuries. Juliet, who is suffering from a sore neck and back, said Thomas only had a few scratches. She said the driver of a white pickup truck appeared to have suffered a gash to his face. The man ran off after his vehicle had driven off the road near the Gold Line tracks. She had heard that the man had been arrested but that could not be confirmed.
Today, a large amount of debris was still spread across Marmion near the Mount Washington Gold Line station, attracting the attention of passersby. One couple who stopped said the scene reminded them of an airplane crash. Juliet said people had stopped by to offer her help, including a man who had brought a large platter of pasta.
Thomas is living in a different vehicle, she said. Juliet is now pondering what her next move will be. She had been preparing to drive off to Oregon but the axle of her van is bent and she doubts it would go very far. One side of her camper trailer was scraped away in the crash and is now covered by a blue tarp. “You can be negative or grateful,” Juliet said. She is going with the latter.
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