Glen Ellyn Teen Charged with DUI After Driving SUV Into Park Boulevard Home

Police have charged Anne Page with driving under the influence after she drove into a Park Boulevard home Monday night. The owners of the home were uninjured.

A Glen Ellyn home sustained significant structural damage after police said an SUV driven by a 17-year-old Glen Ellyn girl smashed into it Monday night. 

No one in the home was injured as a result of the accident. The driver of the vehicle was uninjured, but two passengers were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, a Glen Ellyn Police official said late Tuesday afternoon. 

The Glen Ellyn Police Department responded to the accident at 9 p.m. Monday night. Investigators determined Anne Page, 17, of Glen Ellyn hit the home after driving north on Park Boulevard and attempting to turn left onto Pershing Avenue, according to police. She lost control of the 2004 GMC Envoy, left the roadway and drove into the home.

Page and passengers in the vehicle attempted to flee the scene, but were found a short time later, said Deputy Police Chief Bill Holmer in a news release. 

Page was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and leaving the scene of an accident involving injury and making an improper turn, Holmer said. She was released on bail. 

The homeowners were in a basement recreation room watching TV when the accident happened shortly before 9 p.m. The home located at 44 S. Park Blvd., on the northwest corner of Park Boulevard and Pershing Avenue, received serious damage to its structure after the SUV careened into the front corner of the home, the location of the front door.

“I thought it was an earthquake,” homeowner Dimitri Niforatos said. “There was the initial shock and everything collapsing.” 

Niforatos has owned the home since 1990 and he has lived in Glen Ellyn most of his life, he said. 

Wife Michelle Niforatos said she normally spends Monday nights on a couch in the upstairs living room with her chihuahua, Chachi, catching up on TV shows saved on the DVR, but on this night, she was luckily downstairs.

“It would have did me in,” Michelle said. “I saw these lights and heard this boom. I thought it was raining, it sounded like thunder and lightning. Then I heard a boom, saw the lights and the car.”

She grabbed her dog and the couple called 911. They were told to get out of the home in the event the vehicle caught fire.

The couple has been married seven years, she said. She and Dimitri said they never imagined a vehicle hitting the home.

A lot of pedestrian traffic passes their home up and down Park Boulevard and Michelle said she was thankful the accident didn't happen during the summer, when there might have been more people out walking at night.

A neighbor did grab a YouTube video of the vehicle after it had crashed into the home.

“It’s surreal, it’s scary, because I sit there every night and my little chihuahua follows me,” she said. Now, Michelle said she isn’t sure she'll ever feel safe sitting in that room again, though it may be several months before that could happen.

The home, which has been updated and recently was painted inside, has cracks, buckles in the flooring and bulges in the walls from the force of the vehicle. A contractor was out to look at the home and told the Niforatos significant renovations will be required. Until the work is done, their dog will not be able to stay in the home.

The couple also has a 150-gallon fish tank, but luckily neither the vehicle nor the bricks it dislodged hit the tank, she said.

Michelle was trying to clean up some of the damage Tuesday afternoon. Broken glass could be found around the home from the living room where the vehicle entered the home, to the bedroom where she said the picture frame holding her wedding photo had been broken.

“Now, I’m always going to be paranoid,” she said. “It does something to your psyche.”

Kathleen October 19, 2012 at 03:29 PM
What happened to laws protecting kids under the age of 18 from having their names printed in the paper. The public has a right to know of the incident, but really, who does it help, for everyone to know their identity. No one! It becomes pure gossip at that point. The police and the parents can handle the situation on their own and the kids can finish the process of growing up. Scrutiny is hard enough on kids today without having the whole town also scrutinizing them. When we were growing up, we were allowed to make mistakes, hopefully learn from them and mature. Other than close family and friends, the whole town didn't know of our stupidity, and that is a good thing. There is a reason the legal age is 18. Kids do a lot of stupid things and once their name is in the paper, they are forever growing up in the shadow of their youth. For most kids, the incident itself is a daily reminder.Every journalist should be given one teenage to raise, they may think twice about listing underage kids names in the paper. Pure sensationalism!
Mary Ann Lopez October 19, 2012 at 03:43 PM
The reason the three additional teens arrested were not in this story was because the police did not have that information available and did not release it until later, per my request. You can find that information in this story. http://patch.com/A-yJH9 We are not gossiping. We are presenting factual information that is of public record. There is no opinion in the story, it shares the facts of what occurred. You are welcome to write a letter to the editor.
K Buchnat October 19, 2012 at 04:46 PM
I was surprised, too, when I saw the name in the Patch. However, it is part of the public record, so they were not incorrect to print it. It turns out that there are no laws protecting the identification of 17 year old if they are arrested for alcohol related charges.
Kathleen October 20, 2012 at 01:08 AM
No, they are not incorrect. They have the law behind them, because everyone feels better, reading about how someone else's kid messed up, and this sells papers. This doesn't make it morally right, or in the best interest of the kids, but who cares , as long as the numbers increase for internet media/advertising. However, when it comes to children, there should be some discretion. Without limits, we will be reading about two year olds, having tantrums in public places someday. And no matter how old they are, it does effect the rest of their youth years. Not always positive. Sometimes, it doesn't always 'take a village'... For the record, I do not even know these kids, but I'm tired of opening any news media, to read about some 16yr and their various antics. I'm sure the numbers would show that publicizing names doesn't prevent these incidents. It doesn't help the kids or the families. But it helps sell papers. I believe kids should be 18 yrs old, before their name is publicized. It seems like just a couple of years ago, names were withheld. Some old laws are better than new ones.
Ramona October 25, 2012 at 03:12 PM
It is not like these were kids smoking a joint on the Prairie Path, she could have killed someone. Gossip would be they said what she was wearing or brand of beer they drank. It is so sad that someone so young made such a senseless mistake. But, there are prices to these actions and one is that your name gets published once you hit 17.


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