Omaha police are investigating a one-vehicle accident early Monday near 38th and Pratt Streets in which a man died after apparently being pinned between a car and a house.
Charles L. Tolbert Jr., 50, of Omaha, was pronounced dead at the scene at 3701 N. 38th St.
The driver of the car, Danyell A. Stanfield, 48, of Omaha, was treated at Nebraska Medical Center and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.
The accident occurred about 3:40 a.m. Officer Michael Pecha, a police spokesman, said they are investigating Tolbert's death as a traffic accident. The investigation is ongoing.
According to the vehicle's path re-created by the accident investigation team, the car was headed east on Pratt Street when it veered north into a corner lot and crashed into the south wall of the west-facing home.
Willis Sanders, 76, lives in the home where the crash occurred, said his sister, Willia Badgett, 78, who lives across the street. Sanders told his sister that the driver came inside his home and waited for an ambulance to arrive.
She said Sanders told her that the driver “was not dressed for winter weather.”
“It sounded like a bomb going off when that car hit the house,” Badgett said. “I jumped out of bed and was turning in circles trying to figure what happened.”
Badgett said the car driven by Stanfield hit the southwest corner of the house where her brother's bedroom is located. Sanders, who has had heart problems, appears to have escaped injury, Badgett said.
“Willis came outside this afternoon and was talking with the man who owns the house,” she said. “It looks like he is doing OK.”