FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - A driver is in custody after he crashed an SUV into the living room of a home in Fort Lauderdale, the property’s landlord said.
Fort Lauderdale Police units responded to the home along Northwest Fifth Street and 15th Avenue, at around 4 a.m., Monday.
Tenant Jeannette Hope said she felt hopeless after the seeing that the SUV crashed by her front door.
“There’s a car at my front door, man. It’s bad,” Hope said. “I don’t even know how to describe it, what to say, and my baby, she heard everything. She grabbed her sisters to get to safety, to make sure they’re all right.”
Hope lived at the home with her daughters ages 5 and 9 years old.
Police said at around 3:30 a.m., a minor behind the wheel lost control and slammed into the house.
According to landlord Tommy Bolden, the juvenile also hit two cars parked outside.
Bolden said the driver behind the wheel attempted to flee the scene, but nearby officers took him into custody.
“There was a chase by the police, and the guy tried to turn and ran into the house, jumped out of the car and tried to flee but they caught him,” said Bolden.
The crash sent cinder blocks flying, punching a hole in the wall and leaving several parked cars damaged.
“I’m telling you, he wrecked two vehicles, this one and a black one and jumped over the curve, and he hit two vehicles that were next to the house,” said Bolden. “We’re talking about $10,000, $15,000, maybe even $20,000 in damages to the roof, but the frame is cracked all the way down.”
The home has been declared unsafe by officials, and while Hope and her girls have a hotel to go to for now, they have no idea what happens next.
“I’m a single mom doing this by myself. It’s hard, man,” Hope said through sobs. “We recently moved in here, so we can be put up in a hotel for three days, and after the three days, we’re basically homeless. I can’t go through this. I’ve got two little girls.”
Hope set up a GoFundMe page because, at this point, she has nowhere else to turn.
“This is even harder for me to do this, even to ask for help that I know I need it. Please help me if you can,” Hope said with her daughters hugging her to reassure her that everything will be OK.
If you would like to help, a GoFundMe page has been set up to do just that.
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