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Homeowner survives, driver dies after car plows into St. Lucie County home

Posted: 5:16 PM, Apr 30, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-30 19:29:03-04
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ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. — We're waiting to learn from the Florida Highway Patrol who was behind the wheel of a vehicle that crashed into a St. Lucie County home Tuesday. The driver did not survive the crash. The homeowner inside was not hurt.

“It sounded like a giant boom, it woke me up," said Mike Baumgardner of St. Lucie County.

When he eventually made it out of his Indian River Estates home, he saw what happened, and other neighbors running to help.

“We were putting it together that there was a car in there and a guy in the car. We lifted the roof off the truck trying to get to the guy," said Baumgardner.

You can see where the vehicle went off Birch Drive and hit the edge of a neighboring driveway. It likely then went airborne because the plants, and other items in front of Baumgardners' home, were untouched.

"A lot of people run the stop signs here. The speed Limit is 25 miles an hour here, but people fly through this neighborhood," said neighbor Shannon Futch.

Baumgardner says besides his Jeep, two motorcycles were crushed. Fortunately, his roommate wasn’t home at the time.

“My Jeep was in the garage, pushed into the house. Would have gone into his room.”