INGLEWOOD (CBS) — A high-speed chase in South L.A. Wednesday ended with one of the cars careening into a home and a driver being fatally stabbed by another.
Two cars were involved in a car chase when one of the drivers made too sharp of a turn onto the 900 block of East Fairview Boulevard and his red station wagon went airborne — jumping the sidewalk and plowing into the side of Russell Hyde’s home.
Hyde said he was working on the roof when the car slammed into his car.
“And I heard this big ‘bang’ — it was like an earthquake or something…it almost knocked me off the roof,” said Hyde, who went down to find the side of his house peeled off and the station wagon up on its side.
The station wagon was reportedly being chased by a white compact car, whose driver said he was chasing a thief, Hyde said.
“He said, ‘He just stole from me,’” Hyde said the driver told him.
The two drivers started fighting in the street and the driver of the red station wagon killed the man who was chasing him, with a knife to the throat.
The suspect fled the scene and police found him hiding behind a house a block away.
Police have not released the names of the drivers involved.
Hyde said he felt lucky that he and the other residents in the home were not injured after the car came barreling through.
“It felt like the end of the world or something,” Hyde said. “I feel blessed, man, I feel lucky I’m still alive.”
The family has relocated to a hotel room for the meantime since the damage has made their home uninhabitable.