Teen Arrested After Accident


Friday, April 25th 2008, 12:38 pm
By: News On 6


A teenage driver is in juvenile custody after plowing into an East Tulsa home.  The News On 6's Ashli Sims reports police say the 16-year-old was speeding and lost control.

"It's hard to fathom exactly what happened here," said Matt Gentry.

Matt Gentry still can't wrap his mind around what happened Friday morning.

"It was pretty bizarre. I heard a large thud and a little squealing tire here and there. Um, absolutely no idea what was going on. I jumped up and looked out my window to see my sister-in-law's car in the front yard. Knew immediately something was wrong," said Matt Gentry.

Matt Gentry said he rushed outside, not even noticing at first, that someone else's car was parked in his garage.

Officers say a car tore through a nearby yard, side-swiped a car, barreled through the garage door and knocked out part of a wall.

"We got lucky cause we had all of our things packed up, we're moving out in a couple of weeks. Maybe sooner, ya know so that kinda slowed him down a bit. And good construction. And the hand of God," said Matt Gentry.

It seems an angel was looking out for them, because Gentry's bedroom was in the line of fire.

"From the way he was going if he hadn't hit this car and the series of events that's laid out there, he would've kept going right into my bedroom," said Gentry.

The curious thing about the accident is that it's a straight shot. The teenage driver was going eastbound, but there are no curves, no turn-offs. Police say he was just going extremely fast, when he lost control.

"Any time on a residential street when you're traveling at high rates of speeds especially with cars parked on the side of the road, the chance for disaster skyrockets," said Tulsa Police Cpl. Brett Bilyeu.

Matt Gentry says he actually feels sorry for the young driver.

"I really feel bad for him. This is bad for him. This is really bad," said Gentry. "And he had such a nice car, had such a nice car. I really feel bad."

Gentry says that sympathy and good attitude comes from one simple fact.

"I'm lucky to be alive. I don't really care. It's all good, it all looks good. Cause I'm not dead," said Gentry.