CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) - A driver suffered minor injuries after driving their SUV into an apartment building in Coral Springs, according to police.
Coral Springs Police responded to the apartment complex along Harbor Inn Place, just before 10 a.m., Tuesday.
7SkyForce HD hovered above the scene where an apartment unit’s window could be seen broken as well as damage to the wall.
It started when the SUV hit the apartment and then backed up and crashed into another apartment building after hitting a BMW and a parked Dodge Charger.
Megan Berns, a resident of one of the apartments, said she and her son were in that room five minutes before the SUV crashed into it.
Berns said she and her son were running late and she was rushing him to get ready for school.
“A matter of five minutes, because it was one of those mornings that was rushed,” said Berns. “Quick, quick, quick! Get to school, get to school! Brush your teeth. Let’s go.”
Berns said she’s waiting for engineers to come by the apartment to assess it and make sure it’s still habitable, but she said there’s some apparent damage on the walls inside.
“We have engineers coming in to see,” said Berns. “The building department said it was fine, but there is some spidering on the wall.”
She hopes the SUV didn’t cause any more significant damage to the room, but she said she’s lucky her son left the apartment just in time.
“Nervous? Scared? I mean, obviously, it was five minutes, literally five minutes on the dot,” Berns said. “Like I said, it was five minutes on the dot that it would’ve been that he was in the bed, and so five minutes would’ve made a difference. His bed is actually up against that wall, and five minutes would’ve made a huge difference, so it would’ve been bad.”
The crash left glass and debris all over the boy’s room.
“It appears that there is a resident, an elderly resident, who lost control of his car,” said Adam Schlesinger, the apartment manager, “and in doing so, he hit two other vehicles and then hit two apartment buildings — frontwards and then in reverse.”
Berns and her son may have to relocate until the building is deemed safe.
“We work with the city. We have engineers to make sure that the damage isn’t structural, and we have to pull permits and make sure we make the repairs in accordance with the city and the Florida codes,” said Schlesinger, “and we work as quickly as we can, and we help the residents who are living in those apartments.”
Two people in the SUV were taken to the hospital.
Police are still investigating the cause of the crash.
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