NUTLEY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — An SUV screamed across a front lawn and struck a home in Nutley, New Jersey Tuesday afternoon.
Police say the vehicle struck the home at the corner of Lakeside Drive and Paterson Avenue around 4 p.m.
Homeowner Andrea Stuiso says an impromptu shopping trip after she left work, may have saved her life.
“Thank God I wasn’t home and nobody was in the house,” Stuiso told CBS2’s Valerie Castro.
“I normally would have been in that room. My computer desk is there so if I would have got home 45 minutes earlier, which I normally do, it could have been a whole different story.”
The driver of the SUV was injured in the collision, but the injuries weren’t believed to be life threatening.
“He was awake the whole time, he was upright, he wasn’t slumped over, he was moving his hands,” neighbor Christopher Wanko said.
Emergency crews quickly arrived and assessed the situation. Eventually they decided it would be best to tear out the car seats and bring the driver out through the back.
Stuiso’s neighbors said the block was filled with children an hour earlier.
“This would have been a massacre… there’s literally dozens of kids walking past here the whole time,” Wanko added.
Luckily, no pedestrians were injured and the driver is expected to survive.
The reason the driver lost control of the SUV remains under investigation.