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SUV slams into home in Hamden

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An SUV slammed into a home on Whitney Avenue Tuesday morning. (@HamdenFireDept photo) An SUV slammed into a home on Whitney Avenue Tuesday morning. (@HamdenFireDept photo)
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An SUV slammed into a home in Hamden on Tuesday morning.

The crash happened at the intersection of Whitney Avenue and Waite Street just after 11 a.m.  

Two vehicles and two drivers were involved, according to Hamden Fire Chief David A. Berardesca. 

According to police, a red Hyundai was heading south on Whtiney Avenue and ran a red light.. The Hyundai pushed the SUV into the porch of the house at 1548 Whitney Ave. 

"I was just walking down the street and I heard the car hit the other car, turned my head back to look, I see the van was coming towards me, ran across the street," Lourdes Colon, of Hamden, said. 

Both drivers were taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Berardesca called the injuries "minor."

Berardesca said no extrication was needed.

However, the crash caused "heavy exterior damage" to the home at 1548 Whitney Ave. 

"I looked out the window. The porch was gone," homeowner Frankie Ardizonne, who had just stepped out of the shower at the time of the crash, said. "Shocked! I was shocked."

Ardizonne and his mother were inside the home at 1548 Whitney Ave. at the time of the crash. They said they were not injured during the crash. 

Hamden Building Inspector Robert Lubulis was called to the scene to check out the home and see if it's still structurally sound. 

Lubulis determined that the "residents would not have to leave their home during repairs." Lubulis told Eyewitness News there's not so much as a crack on the walls. 

Ardizonne said Tuesday's crash is the second time he's felt the affects of a car crash. Four years ago, a car came down Whitney Avenue, hit his property and slammed into the house next door. 

"Came up, took out my stairs, on the house, the sidewalk," Ardizonne said. "The car landed perfectly on the porch over there."

The cause of Tuesday's crash remains under investigation by the Hamden Police Traffic Division.

Ardizonne told Eyewitness News he's on vacation this week and his brother in law, who is a contractor, was actually getting set to work on this house including the porch.

"He was going to be working on the house this week, the porch and everything," Ardizonne said. "The window was going to be changed up on the top, so we got a big mess."

Parts of Whitney Avenue and Waite Street were closed during the police investigation for the crash. 

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