Driver Killed, 4 Injured When Car Crashes Into North Miami Beach Nursing Home

Car goes airborne, slams into second floor of nursing home

By Hank Tester, Julia Bagg and Brian Hamacher
|  Wednesday, Aug 8, 2012  |  Updated 7:16 PM EDT
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An out-of-control car went airborne and slammed into a North Miami Beach nursing home early Wednesday, killing the driver and sending four people to the hospital. The incident happened shortly before 2 a.m. when the red Honda hit a sidewalk, went airborne and crashed into the second floor of the Watercrest Care Center at 16650 West Dixie Highway. North Miami Beach Police spokesman Det. Armando Sotero said some of the patients were taken to a hospital for evaluations.

An out-of-control car went airborne and slammed into a North Miami Beach nursing home early Wednesday, killing the driver and sending four people to the hospital. The incident happened shortly before 2 a.m. when the red Honda hit a sidewalk, went airborne and crashed into the second floor of the Watercrest Care Center at 16650 West Dixie Highway. North Miami Beach Police spokesman Det. Armando Sotero said some of the patients were taken to a hospital for evaluations.

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An out-of-control car went airborne and slammed into a North Miami Beach nursing home early Wednesday, killing the driver and sending four people to the hospital. The incident happened shortly before 2 a.m. when the red Honda crashed into the second floor of the Watercrest Care Center at 16650 West Dixie Highway.
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An out-of-control car went airborne and slammed into a North Miami Beach nursing home early Wednesday, killing the driver and sending four people to the hospital.

The incident happened shortly before 2 a.m. when the red Honda hit a sidewalk, went airborne and crashed into the second floor of the Watercrest Care Center at 16650 West Dixie Highway.

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When police and fire rescue workers arrived, they found the car stuck in the side of the building.

"We were in the house and heard an explosion and we ran out, it was nuts, it was like chaos, people running all over the place wondering what was going on," nearby neighbor Eric Jones said. "When we saw the car against the wall, I can't even explain it, I thought I was watching some kind of stunt, like a movie."

The driver of the Honda, identified as 28-year-old Enrique Linares, was killed at the scene. Four people who were inside the home were also injured by the impact.

"We did have a couple of patients who were inside the nursing home, weren't directly struck by the vehicle but due to some of the flying debris were hit and they've been taken to local hospitals just for evaluation purposes, but nobody else was severely injured inside the nursing home," North Miami Beach Police spokesman Det. Armando Sotero said.

Miami Fire Rescue Division Chief Vincent Lombardi said 22 patients of the nursing home were relocated to another wing of the building. Crews worked to stabilize the building and remove the car and the structure will be evaluated, Lombardi said.

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An employee said about 90 residents live in the building.

The cause of the crash is still being investigated, Sotero said. 

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