Home Was Empty At Time Of Crash, Suffered Extensive Damage

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Part of a Fanwood, N.J. home was destroyed after a car slammed into it Friday.

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A 47-year-old man was behind the wheel along Paterson road when he lost control of the car, Fanwood police said. The car drove up on the lawn of a home, struck some rocks, a parked vehicle and then became airborne before it hit the house, police said.

The incident took place at around noon, neighbor Kathy Porter told CBS 2’s Tracee Carrasco that she saw the entire incident unfold from her porch.

“When he didn’t stop at the stop sign, I was ready to have words with him about his driving, but then he flew through the intersection, hit the dirt, hit the small car,” she said.

That small car was a green Mercedes that belonged to Michelle Carlos.

“The back of his car crunched the top of my car there, now the inside of my car, the whole ceiling is on my seats now,” she said.

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After slamming into the Mercedes the car flew about 200-ft, Carlos said.

“It took down the light post, and you can see the tire tracks, he was on his side, slid through took out the fence and then landed upside down,” Carlos explained.

Police are still not sure what caused the accident, but witnesses believe that the man may have had a medical emergency and are glad that none of the children who often play in the street during the summer, were hurt.

The house was not occupied at the time of the crash. There is extensive damage inside the home, police said.

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