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Homeowner Barely Misses Car Smashing Into His House

Silver Suzuki SidekickMichael Del Gaudio couldn't have left for work at a better time.

Minutes after the father of three pulled out of the driveway of his home in the 11200 block of Northwest Seventh Street on Friday, an errant driver smashed through Del Gaudio's backyard privacy fence and pool enclosure, went airborne over his hot tub and swimming pool, crashed into a set of glass sliders and plowed through Del Gaudio's house.

The silver Suzuki Sidekick came to rest inside the front door. "If anyone was in the path of the vehicle, they would have definitely been killed," said police Sgt. Joe McHugh.

Police said Antonia Yabut, 71, of Coral Springs, was eastbound on Atlantic Avenue at about 12:08 p.m. when he apparently hit the accelerator instead of his brake and wound up inside Del Gaudio's $450,000 four-bedroom, two-bathroom house.

Yabut, who was cited for failure to use due care, was taken to Coral Springs Medical Center, where he was treated for minor injuries, McHugh said.

Building inspectors declared the house unsafe because of the large amount of damage.

Video after the jump.

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Source: Sun Sentinel
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