Car swerves, crashes into house

By Dave Kern, Columbian assistant metro editor

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A Battle Ground woman’s Toyota crashed into Anthony Gaul’s house at 5:53 p.m. Sunday.

“He just bought the house a couple of months ago,” said Clark County sheriff’s Deputy Brett Anderson. The house is near the corner of 93rd Street and St. Johns Road with the address 9201 N.E. 47th Road.

Anderson said Nellie Andryushin, 36, of Battle Ground was southbound on St. Johns when, she said, a northbound motorist turned left in front of her, causing her to swerve. Her 2002 Toyota Camry then went over a sidewalk, through a fence into Gaul’s backyard and into the southeast corner of his house. Anderson said the car hit the house at a 30-degree angle. The Toyota shattered a sliding glass rear door.

“The passenger front corner panel was inside the house to the front wheel,” said Firefighter Kevin Stromberg of the Vancouver Fire Department.

Deputy Anderson said Gaul was on a living room couch about 10 feet from the glass door.

“One of the support beams is just sideways,” Gaul said Sunday night. “It’s at about a 45-degree angle.”

Andryushin and her passenger, Natalya Shevchelcko were not hurt, and neither was Gaul, Anderson said.

Anderson said he believed the house would need to be shored up. He was not certain if Gaul would be able to stay in his home Sunday night.

No citations had been issued as of Sunday night. The car was totaled.