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Driver in East Palo Alto hit-and-run comes forward

Speeding car hit two homes, including a garage where baby and family slept

The driver of an out-of-control car that crashed into two homes in East Palo Alto Thursday, July 26, narrowly missing a baby that was sleeping in a bassinet, has come to the police, East Palo Alto police said.

The 20-year-old man came to the police department to be interviewed by an investigator. The man admitted he was driving and said he fled from the scene because he was scared. The case will be forwarded to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office. The driver's name has not been released.

Officers arrived to the 2100 block of Cooley Avenue near Bell Street at about 5:15 a.m. to find a car without its occupants smashed about 1.5 feet into a converted garage where a mother and her two children were sleeping. Two to four people are thought to have fled the collision, police Sgt. David Carson said.

The vehicle struck the corner of one house and took out a retaining wall, careened off the garage and damaged a window on the home, then smashed through another retaining wall before slamming into the garage of the home next door where the family was sleeping, he said. No one was injured.

Officers searched the area but did not find the car's occupants. An investigation is ongoing, but Carson said the car was not stolen.

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