At least 3 hospitalized after car crashes into home
NORTH LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- At least three people were taken to the hospital Friday after a driver lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a house.
Broward Sheriff's Office deputies arrived on the scene of the collision that took place around 5:20 p.m. According to witnesses, homeowner Tania Blake was cooking in the kitchen while her 5-year-old daughter was watching TV and her two older sons were in the garage when a silver Toyota Camry plunged into the back of the residence, coming to a halt in the kitchen.
"It was right there in the kitchen," said homeowner Dave Blake. "As you can see, the whole kitchen [is torn] away. I'm still shaken up."
Neighbor Tony Stewart said he caught a quick glimpse of the car before it crashed into the Blakes' residence, located at 210 Maddy Lane. "I was sitting at the window ... and all of a sudden, I saw this thing, just a blur, came by and ran straight into the house," he said.
The Blakes' oldest son said he headed for the kitchen as soon as the collision took place. "I went to check on my mother because she'd called for help," said Dave Blake, Jr.
"To be honest, I said to my neighbor, who was working on my kitchen, 'That person's dead,' because with the speed that they came with," said Stewart.
Fortunately, no one was killed in the collision. Tania, her daughter and the Camry's driver were transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Gloria Sookie, Tania's mother, said the structural damage to the property is extensive. "Everything is damaged in my home, my TV ... everything is gone, is broken," she said. "Now, all the furniture is gone." The hole in the kitchen was later covered up with plywood.
Authorities later identified the driver of the Camry as Coral Springs resident Gloria Dorman Lee. According to BSO spokesperson Mike Jachles, she thought a vehicle was going to hit her while she traveled west on Boulevard of Champions, so she swerved to avoid the oncoming vehicle and stated her brakes failed. She then over-corrected and drove into the back of the house.
This was the second such incident that day. Earlier Friday, a Saturn sedan sped down a residential street in Pompano Beach and right into a home's living room. "I start going to the car; the car is still going," said neighbor Missy Neira. "It looks like it's going to catch fire, so I jumped in, I turned off the ignition, and I was pounding on the door to see if anybody was hurt."
There was a man sleeping in another part of the home. He was unscathed. "Where he went in, the person's couch was against the wall, because the couch was broken in half, and I'm going, 'Oh, my God, I hope nobody's on that couch,'" said Neira.
Police said the Saturn was stolen. The driver fled from the scene on foot.
The Blakes said that, due to the structural damage their home sustained, they will be spending Friday night in another location.
Police are still trying to find the driver of the Saturn in the Pompano Beach collision. If you have any information on his whereabouts, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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