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Car swerves to avoid crash, hits home in Reading, narrowly misses little girl

By Ryan Hughes, Reporter, RHughes@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 25 2013 02:03:42 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 24 2013 05:28:14 PM CDT

A freak accident created some tense moments in downtown Reading late Wednesday morning.

READING, Pa. -

A wild crash in downtown Reading created tense moments for everyone involved late Wednesday morning. 

The car narrowly missed a child after it careened out of control and slammed into a building.

The front end of a black Acura TL was destroyed after it was sent on a collision course at South 4th and Franklin streets around 11:30 a.m.

Jayleen Rios held her baby girl extra tight as she described the crash as a nightmare.

"A car comes right on the sidewalk and almost through your door, my daughter could have got killed," said Rios, who was watching TV when she heard the big bang.

Rios' 1-year-old daughter, Aliannie, was playing only feet away when the car hopped the stairs outside and smashed into their apartment building.

"She opened the door and glass was flying, I had to grab her real fast," recalled Rios.

Travis Alequin admitted the crash was his fault. He was driving down South 4th Street in his Dodge Durango and told police his brakes failed causing him to run the red light.

"I went to stop and my brakes didn't work, so I tried to avoid her, go around her, and she hit the side of my car and ran into the house," said Alequin.

Yudelka Monegro was inside the Acura and swerved to avoid impact at the intersection when her car veered out of control. She was driving down Franklin Street on her way back from class at RACC.

"It was scary, but I try to control my car but they lose brake," said Monegro, who only suffered a scrape on her hand and neck.

Monegro's car hopped the curb, narrowly missing two cement poles and a tree, drove across the sidewalk, hit a tree stump and then slammed into the building, said officials.

Alequin's mother rushed to the scene and feared the worst. She said her nerves have been shot ever since her other son, Rafael, was murdered in December in the 1100 block of Franklin Street.

"He said you need to come now, so I  knew it was bad. I was thinking about the other person. I didn't know if there were kids in the car," said Michelle Noe, who left work to see her son.

Two signs were also taken out and concrete steps in front of the building were broken apart, but miraculously no one was hurt.

The crash is still under investigation.