SUV crashes into Lake Worth home, tossing man and baby

LAKE WORTH — A man sitting on his front porch with a 3-month-old baby in his arms was accidentally struck this morning by a sport utility vehicle driven by a family member, according to authorities and neighbors.

The man, identified by family members as Fenel Doovilis, was seriously injured and flown to Delray Medical Center, said fire rescue spokesman Capt. Albert Borroto. The baby, 3-month-old Imani, who happens to be the driver's granddaughter, was taken to Bethesda to be checked out and found to be unharmed, said Doovilis' brother Lamane Datus.

Datus says his sister-in-law Gislene Jules was behind the wheel of a green Honda CRV. Relatives report Jules had rushed to the pharmacy for her husband's dialysis medicine and upon returning apparently hit the gas pedal instead of the brake causing the SUV to drive into the front of the house. The impact tossed Doovilis into the house's front door.

Neighbor Roger Bolling, who lives across the street from the accident site, said the man's leg was badly injured.

"He shattered his leg. It looked like a bomb went off or a big shark attack," Bolling said.

He said the family moved into the area about six months ago.

By 11:30 a.m., the car was moved away from the front of the single-story, off-white home on a dead-end street. The front door of the house was badly damaged. There are five other cars parked on the lawn of the house, believed to be those of other family members.

Fire rescue crews were called to the home at 1205 15th Ave. N. at 10:14 a.m.

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