An Indian Head apartment building was condemned Saturday after an Indian Head woman, speeding after an argument with a friend, lost control of her vehicle and rammed into the building, leaving no one seriously injured but 11 occupants homeless.
Indian Head Mayor Ed Rice said he condemned the structure at 4035 Indian Head Hwy. after the 2003 Ford Mustang driven by Natalie Ann Teacher, 41, clipped a utility pole and a parked car before plowing into a corner of the building about 1:50 a.m. Saturday.
Five occupants of the unit in the section of the building that was struck by the car suffered minor injuries, officials said. Teacher, who was pulled from her overturned car with facial injuries and rushed to Prince George's General Hospital by a Maryland State Police helicopter, was released Monday, she said.
"I was driving too fast and lost control of the car," Teacher said in an interview Tuesday. She said she didn't know exactly how fast she was going but that she was angry over a fight she just had with a friend. "I wasn't paying attention to my speedometer."
Authorities are still investigating the wreck to see whether any charges will be filed against Teacher, said Kristen Adkins, spokeswoman for the Charles County Sheriff's Office.
Rice said he was called shortly after the wreck by sheriff's officers looking for a structural inspector to determine whether the building should be condemned.
He said that since it wasn't easy to find an inspector at that hour, he went to the scene. He eventually condemned the eight-unit, two-story building, which had to be propped up by officials from the D.C. Fire Department who were called in to help.
"You could tell that from the damage and the fact that it had to be propped up that it needed to be examined further," Rice said. "One whole corner of the building had been knocked out."
In addition to the five occupants of the unit that was struck -- three men, a woman and a teenage boy -- six from other units in the building also were evacuated, said Bob Maloit of the Southern Maryland chapter of the American Red Cross, which provided hotel rooms and food for the 11 displaced residents through the weekend.
Rice said that when Teacher's car crashed, it hit the building's electrical box, knocking out the power. Red Cross officials said that power was expected to be restored and repairs completed by yesterday, so that the occupants of all but the unit that was struck could return to their apartments.