PEMBROKE PINES (CBSMiami) – Cleanup crews worked for hours on the front of a Pembroke Pines home trying to stabilize it after police say a driver plowed into the front of the home and ended up in the living room on Thursday afternoon.READ MORE: Situation At Matheson Hammock Park In Miami-Dade Heats Up
City engineers declared the house unsafe.
“I think that’s pretty scary,” said neighbor Laurie Cummings. “Thank God nobody was there.”
That’s the silver lining — none of the home’s occupants were home at the time. Anna Maria Hernandez rents a room in the home.
She said she would’ve been home at the time of the crash — likely sitting on the front porch talking on her phone — but she made a quick detour to the mall and avoided potential injury.
“Thank God I was not here,” Hernandez said.
Hernandez said the damage to the home is extensive.
“The living room, the dining room, the kitchen, everything is a mess,” she said.READ MORE: FEMA-Funded South Florida Sites To Administer First Doses Of Pfizer Vaccines
Hernandez said the homeowner is shocked. A woman who helped the homeowner after the crash said the homeowner thought the person who called her with the news was pulling her leg.
“I think she didn’t believe it at first,” said Rufina Valentin. “She thought people were joking with her. But it’s very upsetting for her.”
Neighbors along busy Johnson Street say they’ve often worried that something like this could happen.
“It’s frightening to me because it could have happened to me,” said a neighbor, who only gave the name Stacey.
Investigators say the driver of the car — a man in his 30’s — was taken to the hospital and was expected to be ok.
The people who live in the home say they have no idea when the home will be repaired so they can return.
Pembroke Pines Police continue to investigate what caused the crash.CVS, NAACP Team Up To Get COVID Vaccines To People Of Color In South Florida