Driver claims he was trying to avoid hitting animal in road moments before swerving, rolling over vehicle

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. --A man who claims he swerved to avoid hitting an animal in the road jumped a curb, flipped his vehicle and crashed into a tree early Thursday morning.

The accident happened in the 5900 block of Chatham Avenue just after 3 a.m.

The driver told police he swerved to miss an animal and ended up upside down in someone's yard.

The homeowner tells FOX 4 that accidents such as this one happens frequently. According to the homeowner, people crash in the summer coming up the hill and crash a lot in the winter going down the hill. The homeowner says the most recent crash was two years ago when someone took out a brick pillar in the front yard.

"It's just kind of funny how they want to go so fast, and then you find something in the driveway or down the hill in the ditch," homeowner James Leseman said. "Cops are everywhere. It's the craziest thing on this corner because the speed they want to go through the neighborhood fast, it's a 15 mph curb, and they can't make it in a little hot rod."

Leseman describes hearing a loud boom during Thursday morning's accident. He says his wife woke up and looked to see if a power pole or tree fell, but then she saw the rolled over vehicle.


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