SUV driver cited in Fort Worth church crash

Posted Thursday, Nov. 07, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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A Fort Worth motorist who crashed his sports utility vehicle into a church and ended up 50 feet inside the building was issued a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia, according to police reports obtained by the Star-Telegram on Thursday.

Elliot Bell, 21, who was already on probation for marijuana possession and having a fake driver’s license, was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital after the crash, authorities said. He was treated and released Wednesday afternoon.

Bell could not be reached for comment on Thursday.

Bell’s 2011 GMC was impounded by police after the crash, the reports state.

The wreck occurred about 11 a.m. at the Cambodian Baptist Church of Fort at 3321 Cleburne Road.

The driver had lost control of the vehicle on Cleburne Road, hit the church wall and window, and plowed into the building before coming to a stop inside.

The SUV was stopped by a pulpit, Senior Pastor Chheoun Chhorn said in a telephone interview on Wednesday.

The wreck left the building with a gaping hole. Pews and other pieces of furniture inside were damaged.

Fire Department officials evaluated the church for stability and secured the building by covering the hole with plywood after the vehicle was removed.

When Kim returned, he was shocked to see officers and firefighters.

“I’m so lucky,” Kim said through Chhorn, who translated.

“He was blessed,” Chhom said.

The senior pastor said that church cleanup will continue and that a Saturday Bible class and Sunday services will go on as scheduled for the 100 to 150 church members.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763 Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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