WEST VIEW, Pa. (KDKA) — Police are searching for the driver of a car that crashed into the front porch of a house in West View early Friday morning.

Police and emergency crews were called to the 300 block of Highland Avenue around 2:45 a.m. It appears the car had been traveling west on Highland Avenue when something caused it to leave the road.

When police arrived, they found the car had smashed into the front porch of a home, causing significant damage. The driver was gone.

Crews towed the car and installed a brace to support the damaged front porch.

Two people were inside the home at the time. They weren’t hurt, but are shaken.

Carlene Bensch, who lives up the street, knows the feeling all too well.

“It brought back what happened over 10 years ago. I knew exactly what he was going through and shook my head because we are in the process of trying to get something done with the road, but it’s just been a struggle for so many years,” Bensch said.

She says Highland Avenue, which extends into Ross Township, has seen a serious increase in traffic with a new development of homes.

Since it is a state-maintained road, Bensch said she and others have worked with PennDOT and West View to get crosswalks and signage.

While she said it helps temporarily, the same issues keep coming back.

“We need either stop signs, better signage, just a combination of things,” she said.

As for what happened early this morning, West View Police say the car wasn’t reported stolen and that they’re in the process of finding the owner.

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