TAMPA — A car crashed into the bedroom of two girls, who happened to be sleeping in another room early Thursday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
No one was injured, and deputies were working to track down the driver of the Lexus who crashed into the Puritan Place Apartment complex and fled.
It happened about 1 a.m. Deputies say the gold Lexus was driving west on Puritan Road and for unknown reasons hopped a curb near 50th Street, went through a fence and drove into the children's room.
The driver jumped out of the car, ran through the apartment, exited a back door and then returned to the vehicle, where he ripped the tag off the car, deputies say. Investigators said the car was reported stolen and that they have identified a suspect.
Next-door neighbor Tina Clark, 44, said her late husband long feared that a driver would fail to make the left turn at Puritan onto 50th Street and crash into the complex. Her daughter, Alexis Clark, 20, said the crash woke her up. "I thought it sounded like the roar of thunder," Alexis Clark said.
Her mother was happy the car didn't hit their own apartment. "I would have had a bad Fourth if it had hit my daughter's room," she said.
There was about $25,000 worth of damage to the apartment and $10,000 to the car. The Red Cross assisted the family who lived there. They had nowhere else to stay.
Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 226-3433.