A woman who plowed her car into the kitchen of a North Lauderdale home Friday has been cited for driving with a suspended license and failing to provide proof of valid insurance, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.
Gloria Icilda Dorman Lee, 76, of Coral Springs said she thought a vehicle was going to crash into her beige Toyota Camry as she was heading west on the Boulevard of Champions so she swerved, the BSO said.
But her brakes failed, she overcorrected and drove into the back of a house on the 200 block of Maddy Lane in North Lauderdale Friday afternoon.
The home is being rented by Gloria Sookie. Her daughter, Tania Blake, and six-year-old granddaughter, Davia, were inside when the Toyota crashed through.
Sookie got a call from her daughter about 5:30 p.m. Friday about the accident.
"The phone call came, and it's not her number, and I went, 'why's she calling me at that number?'" she said.
Sookie then called her son-in-law, Dave Blake, who arrived to unsettling news – his wife and daughter were caught in the Camry's path.
"My wife was in the kitchen, and [my daughter] was in the living room watching TV," he recalled. "She was right in front of it where the car stopped, right facing the car."
Blake's sons, Dave and Juninho, heard the crash, and their mom's screams, from the garage.
"I went to help my mom first, and then my sister. So, my mom was like, she was near death," Dave said.
His mother was lying on the ground with a leg injury, while his sister hurt her left arm. The driver had to be cut from the car, witness Tony Stewart said.
"She wasn't looking so good. I saw the two kids. One kid run out, and I took her up, and I said, 'how're you feeling?' She started crying, and I said, 'okay, relax, relax,'" he said.
The North Lauderdale Fire Department rushed Tania Blake, her daughter, and the female driver to University Hospital. All were discharged a few hours later.
Blake and her husband were visiting their children and her mother from Jamaica. Now that the county has deemed the house unsafe, Blake's mother will have to find a new place to live until repairs are completed.
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