SUV crashes into Sunrise home

SUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) - An SUV crashed into a home in Sunrise, leaving a big mess to clean up for residents.

According to neighbors who witnessed the crash, a 65-year-old woman behind the wheel of a red SUV lost control and ended up crashing into a home, located along Northwest 19th Street and 62nd Avenue, at around 3 p.m., Friday.

The crash knocked down palm trees and part of a wall where a bedroom is located, sending cinder blocks crumbling into the yard.

Neighbors said they believe the motorist lost control of her vehicle along the Sunset strip, a road nearby. “She was trying to gain control, and she hit the edge of the median and went over, into the yard, hit that first tree,” said neighbor Barney Harden. “Kind of went up in the air and came down on those other two trees and landed right there, into that house.”

Alphonso Butler Harden’s nephew, who lives across the street, was getting ready to cut the grass when he saw the crash. He then tried to render aid.

“Yeah, the lady was saying she’s dying, help her, help her, and I told her I’m helping her. The door was stuck, so I pulled the door open, and I pulled her out,” Butler said during a phone conversation with 7News. “Then my girlfriend and the other people outside the house came and helped, so I walked away then.”

I think [my nephew’s actions were] a good thing. I was very proud of him,” said Harden.

The driver suffered minor injuries and was transported to the hospital as a precaution. A woman who lives in the house was not hurt, even though she was in the bedroom where the SUV came to rest.

Harden said he’s grateful the resident was not hurt. “I think that was — thank God,” he said.

Harden said they’ve had problems in the past with drivers losing control near the home. “We’ve had people coming on this curb a lot, young people losing control,” he said.

The car has since been towed away.

Friday night, 7News cameras captured crews boarding up the damaged wall with plywood.

The woman involved in the crash is facing a citation for reckless driving.

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