Couples yard crash site twice in six months
When an alleged drunk driver careened through the chain link fence outside of her house, Terry Mabe was shaken up. But when six months later she awoke to similar crash noises and walked outside to see her yard had again become a crash scene, she was in disbelief. “I’m still kind of in shock,” she said. “You’d think we lived on a curve, but we don’t.”Terry and her husband, Curtis Mabe, have lived in their one-story house at 9701 N.E. Burton Road, just east of Northeast 98th Avenue, for 24 years. Until this year, they’ve never had a problem with people damaging their property. But in the span of less than six months, two allegedly impaired drivers have crashed into Mabe’s yard, causing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.She and her husband awoke to the first loud crunch at about 3 a.m. April 14. A black Ford F-350 truck hit an electrical pole, their neighbor’s fence, the Mabes’ mailbox and their fence, then came to a stop in their driveway.The alleged driver, Edgar E. Iglesias Garcia, 27, of Vancouver fled but was quickly caught by police.He faces charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants and hit-and-run.The damage from that crash was about $1,500, Terry Mabe said. In the early morning hours of Oct. 4, nearly the same scenario played out again. At about 4:45 a.m., a van crashed through Mabe’s fence, colliding with a Volvo V70 parked in front of the house. The vehicle, which belongs to the girlfriend of Mabe’s son, was then pushed over onto its side and into a neighbor’s wooden fence.