SAN JOSE -- A toddler miraculously escaped injury after a suspected drunken driver plowed his pickup into her family's San Jose apartment, breaking her crib in half and knocking the tot onto the bedroom floor, witnesses and police said.
"I'm just shocked and very grateful," said Katherine Juarez, 22, mother of 2-year-old Nahla.
Juarez's family was jolted awake about 3:35 a.m. when a white Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck jumped a curb on East Taylor Street, knocked down some fencing and hit their building at the corner of North 23rd Street.
"It was a large boom," Juarez said. "It felt like a horrible earthquake. We thought the ceiling was going to fall."
She said the pickup first hit the wall of an adjoining room before it spun and crashed the truck bed through her bedroom -- which had Nahla's crib standing against the outside-facing wall.
"The crib was broken in half and pushed to the middle of the room," Juarez said. "The first thing we did was look for her, and she was on the floor, crying."
As she put the child down in the living room, she heard the driver rev the engine and looked outside to see the truck taking off in an apparent escape. But arriving officers stopped the vehicle from getting farther and the male driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI, Officer Albert Morales said.
Further details about the suspect were not immediately available.
Nahla was taken to the hospital and after an hourlong examination and was declared to be injury-free, Juarez said. On Wednesday morning, with skid marks from the crash still fresh in the mud outside, Juarez said she could finally breathe a sigh of relief after bringing her daughter home.
"I can finally smile again," she said.
Contact Robert Salonga at 408-920-5002. Follow him at Twitter.com/robertsalonga.