‘Combative’ driver causes Tigard ‘path of destruction’


Davina Lyn Vongsaravanh, 33, faces multiple charges

TIGARD, Ore. (KOIN) — Maria Georgiev and her husband just bought their home on SW Merlyne Court in Tigard 2 months ago. On Thursday they painted the outside of the house.

But now their house is going to need some serious repair after a driver caused a “path of destruction” in a spectacular crash around 4 a.m. Friday.

Davina Lyn Vongsaravanh was “combative” after she allegedly drove her car through fences, hitting 2 homes before stopping on top of a retaining wall in the backyard of a home on Merlyne Court, police said.

Just before the crash, a motorist called 911 about an erratic driver headed east on McDonald Street. The caller also told police sparks and flames were coming from the car as it moved down the street.

The driver then careened into the fences, homes and retaining wall, police said. But by the time police arrived, the driver was gone.

The St. Helens woman was found about 2 blocks from the scene and was bloody and “combative” before being detained by police. She was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment.

Georgiev told KOIN 6 News she “absolutely can not believe” what happened to their house and yard.

A 33-year-old woman faces multiple charges after police said she cut a “path of destruction” in a Tigard neighborhood, September 13, 2019 (Tigard PD)

“She kind of flew down from that area, through their fence, through their yard, through this fence, into the house, our house and somehow ended up here (on the retaining wall),” she said. “I still can’t imagine how it was possible because the car was like this, sideways.”

Georgiev and her husband woke up to the crash which “sounded like an explosion. The house rattled,” she said.

They jumped up and started to get dressed and her husband checked the living room.

“There was glass everywhere.”

When they got outside they saw the car in the yard. “Then we saw what was going on with the living room and the office and shattered glass everywhere.”

A 33-year-old woman faces multiple charges after police said she cut a “path of destruction” in a Tigard neighborhood, September 13, 2019 (Tigard PD)

Windows are broken, structures are damaged and drywall is demolished, she said. Their bedrooms are on the other side of the house or else “we probably would have been really hurt.”

Georgiev was also glad it didn’t hit their neighbor’s house because their child’s room is near where the car ended. “That would have been terrible.”

But she was able to laugh about the fact they just painted their house. “We’re going to have to paint it again, but it’s OK.”

Maria Georgiev’s house in Tigard was damaged by a driver who slammed into it, September 13, 2019 (KOIN)

An engineer and an architect already checked the house and said it was safe, so the Georgievs can stay there.

“We can’t have a party” in the backyard, she said. “We’re going to have to have a landscape company take a look and see what we can do. I don’t know. It’s too much to think about right now.”

Vongsaravanh faces charges of DUII, possession of meth, hit-and-run plus 3 counts of criminal mischief. More charges may be coming.

Maria Georgiev summed up the incident.

“It’s just crazy. It’s just ridiculous.”

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