Adelaide Drive was home to a pair of serious crimes on Sunday morning as a driver careened off the road and into the canyon followed by an unrelated shooting in a nearby home.

The first incident happened at about 1:45 a.m. when a car driving at a high rate of speed left the road and fell down the canyon.

According to Santa Monica police Lt. Saul Rodriguez, the car was traveling at up to 90 miles per hour when it hit a wall/gate of a private residence at 4th Street and Adelaide. The car left the road, fell down the canyon, bounced of the roof of a second residence before landing on Entrada.

Rodriguez said the car was not part of a police pursuit and there was no evidence of racing at the crash site. He said officers are investigating the cause of the crash and have not ruled out drugs or alcohol as a contributing factor.

Witnesses described the driver as a woman and Rodriguez said she was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  He said no arrest was made at the time of the crash due to a lack of injuries but charges could still be filed pending the outcome of the investigation.

A second, unrelated incident occurred at about 6:21 a.m. when a homeowner was shot during a potential home invasion robbery.

Rodriguez said a homeowner on the 600 block of the street interrupted a suspected home invasion robbery and was shot once. The suspect fled and the victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to Rodriguez, the only description of the suspect was a man, in dark clothing, wearing a mask similar to the one used in the movie “Scream.” He said officers are actively investigating the incident but additional details were not yet available.

Adelaide is part of Santa Monica and calls originating on the street are handled by the Santa Monica Police Department. In the case of the car crash, because the driver left the road on a Santa Monica Street, the case falls under Santa Monica’s jurisdiction no matter where the car landed. Rodriguez said the home invasion address is entirely within City limits.

Anyone with information about either case is encouraged to contact the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 395-9931.

Matthew Hall

Matthew Hall has a Masters Degree in International Journalism from City University in London and has been Editor-in-Chief of SMDP since 2014. Prior to working at SMDP he managed a chain of weekly papers...