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Car crashes into Spring Hill house; driver hurt

A Spring Hill couple got an unexpected visitor Tuesday when 74-year-old David Dinwoodie drove his car through their house.

Glenn and Tammy Morris of 1299 Deltona Blvd. weren't home when the accident occurred.

The extent of Dinwoodie's injuries was not immediately known.

Several neighbors heard the crash.

"I heard a whump, like an explosion," said Walter Seifert, who lives a few houses down. "I thought it was an accident at the (traffic) light."

Dinwoodie was traveling south on Deltona Boulevard near Spring Hill Drive about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday when he lost control of his Buick Century, said Deputy Tom Brooks of the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

The car crossed two lawns, uprooting shrubs and narrowly missing a flag pole and lamp post, before ramming through the Morrises' garage door and slamming into an adjacent wall, authorities said.

"I don't think he ever hit his brakes," Brooks said.

A decision on any charges against Dinwoodie will not be made until the investigation is complete, Brooks said.

Pete Knauff, who lives across the street from the Morrises, called the Spring Hill Fire and Rescue District, where he is a dispatcher. After surveying the scene, he told Dinwoodie not to move or get out of the car because of debris, Knauff said.

"Too many things could fall on him," Knauff said. "The best place for him was right where he was."

Dinwoodie, of 6531 Spring Hill Drive, was taken to Spring Hill Regional Hospital. Hospital officials would not release any information Tuesday evening regarding his condition.

His wife, Mary, said her husband blacked out once before and she suspected that might have happened Tuesday.

Morris arrived home about 4 p.m. and said he first noticed the fire truck and paramedics on his lawn. Then he saw the missing garage door.

"Just amazing, I don't know what to say," said Morris, who lost virtually everything in his garage, including golf clubs, water skis and several commercial mowers from his business, ABC Lawn Care in Spring Hill.

Morris said the worst part was telling his wife.

"I called her at work," he said. "She was upset, and she was crying."