Updated 1/3/2012 9:00 p.m.
An SUV driven by a 61-year-old Chicago woman slammed into a home at the corner of 31st Street and Forest Avenue in Brookfield on Dec. 29 after the vehicle hit a patch of ice and went out of control.
No one was hurt in the crash, which happened at 6:12 a.m., said police. But the red 1999 Mitsubishi Montero that hit the brick one-story home was heavily damaged and the house sustained significant damage as well.
Police did not estimate how fast the SUV was going when it crossed the Salt Creek bridge going westbound on 31st Street. But when the vehicle hit the ice, the driver lost control of the SUV, which then jumped the curb. The woman avoided a utility pole, street sign and a small tree before hurtling into the home. The force of the impact was great enough to cave in a wall and blast the front door out of its frame.
“I just heard the boom,” said homeowner Bryan Herhold, who was asleep at the time of the crash. “The house shook pretty good.”
Herhold said he initially believed someone was trying to break in to his house to burglarize it. He called 911 and then went to investigate. He found the front of the SUV wrapped “like a V” around the wall south of the front door and a woman standing outside the vehicle.
Airbags deployed in the SUV and the driver refused medical attention, according to police. She was not ticketed.
The ice-covered roads on the morning of Dec. 29 also were responsible for two accidents in Riverside.
In a scenario similar to what played out minutes later farther west, a 25-year-old Cicero woman was driving eastbound on 31st Street crossing the Des Plaines River bridge at 6:03 a.m. when her 2003 Chevy Blazer hit a patch of ice.
The SUV slid into a guard rail, but no one was injured in the crash. The driver was cited for driving too fast for conditions.
Meanwhile, at 8:08 a.m. in the 3000 block of Harlem Avenue, a 44-year-old Glendale Heights woman driving a 2006 Mazda carryall rear ended a 1996 Saturn coupe driven by a 55-year-old North Riverside man.
The Saturn was stopped in traffic and the Mazda slid into it when the driver tried to brake on the icy road surface.