CASTRO VALLEY - Six people were injured Monday when a 19-year-old Pittsburg man drove his car into a duplex during a lovers' spat over personal property, authorities said.
One woman suffered a broken neck and remains hospitalized, authorities said. The other five people including a man who suffered "major leg injuries" were treated and released. The incident began shortly before 7:30 p.m., when the driver arrived outside his 20-year-old boyfriend's home on the 2200 block of Regent Way demanding the return of an expensive cell phone and diamond ring, which he had given as gifts, Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt. Scott Dudek said.
When the boyfriend refused to return the items, the driver got back into his black Ford Fusion. The driver plowed into the boyfriend, pinning his legs and breaking a gas main, Dudek said. The boyfriend suffered major leg injuries but no broken bones, he added.
The driver, whose name has not been released, then headed down the 50-foot driveway toward the boyfriend's half of the duplex. A 20-year-old woman who lives there was in the driveway with her 18-month-old son when she saw the car approaching. "She scoops him up and takes the brunt of the collision," Dudek said.
The woman suffered a broken neck, while the child received minor bumps and bruises. The car then plowed into the living room, injuring the boyfriend's 47-year-old mother and 15-year-old brother and causing extensive structural damage.
In addition, an 18-year-old female passenger in the car a friend of the driver's was injured when the air bags deployed, Dudek said. The driver, who was not injured, got out of the vehicle and ran away, but was captured by police a short time later near the Castro Valley BART tracks, Dudek said.
Police arrested the Pittsburg man on felony assault charges. He is scheduled to be arraigned today in the Hayward Hall of Justice.
The female passenger's injuries were treated at the scene, and she was questioned and released, Dudek said. A Chihuahua that belonged to the family also was in the driveway at the time and became wedged under the car during the incident. "The Fire Department lifted the car and found him OK," Dudek said.
Most of the injured people were taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, while the 15-year-old was taken to St. Rose Hospital in Hayward. All have been released except the woman with the broken neck, who will remain at Eden for a few more days, Dudek said.
Alex Galindo, 10, who lives in the front part of the duplex, said Tuesday that his mother had taken him, his siblings and other kids from the homes on the property to a park Monday night. "Otherwise, we would have been playing in the driveway and we would have been hit too," he said. Alex said his dad was home at the time and heard the car hit the gas pipe. Pacific Gas & Electric has patched the damage.