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Driver Plows Into Coral Springs Duplex

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A Coral Springs home may need a little remodeling after a driver crashed through a fence and into the side of it. (Source: CBS4's Lauren Pastrana)

A Coral Springs home may need a little remodeling after a driver crashed through a fence and into the side of it. (Source: CBS4’s Lauren Pastrana)

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CORAL SPRINGS (CBS4) – A Coral Springs residence was damaged when a car crashed into a duplex on Sunday afternoon.

According to authorities, the driver suffered minor injuries, but no one inside was hurt.

“My daughters both screamed. I thought something happened. Like a blast or something,” Samin Ahmad said. “We are very grateful to God. We are very, very grateful to God that everybody is okay.”

Ahmad said her kids narrowly escaped getting hurt when a car slammed into the side of the home on the corner of NW 123 Avenue and 24th Street.

“It was a big noise,” Ahmad said. “A really big noise.”

Police said the driver was trying to make a left when he lost control of this Mitsubishi sedan.

He hit a mailbox before he slammed into the duplex, a witness told CBS 4’s Lauren Pastrana.

The 27-year-old driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

“I heard another burst of acceleration, and right when I turned around, boom, he nailed the house,” witness Jason Mastro said.

A tow truck pulled the vehicle out and crews covered the damage with plywood Sunday evening.

Inside, the clean-up continued.

A closet was crushed and a flat-screen TV was knocked over while two children were watching it.

“Just that one bedroom is considered unsafe,” Coral Springs Police Lt. Joe McHugh said. “However, tomorrow they’re going to come out and do a more thorough inspection.”

The landlord lives next door. She said it’s a miracle no one inside was seriously hurt.

“I have to call the insurance and take care of it so they can be safe and be living there,” the landlord said. “That’s the only thing I can do.”

Despite the terrifying ordeal, Ahmad said she’s not upset with the driver.

“I’m scared,” Ahmad said. “I’m not angry. But I’m scared.”

Police said the driver’s license is currently suspended. He was cited for that, as well as failure to use due care.

Investigators said they did not detect the smell of alcohol on the driver and did not perform a field sobriety test.

The driver’s identity has not been released.

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