3 children injured when vehicle crashes into Cocoa home, troopers say

Mother says bunk bed saved her children's lives

By Amanda Castro - Reporter/Anchor

COCOA, Fla. - Three sleeping children were injured when a vehicle crashed into a Cocoa home and plowed through their bedroom, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash happened around 2 a.m. Saturday on Lunar Lake Circle.

"We heard a huge noise. I thought it was an accident on the street. My husband screaming out that someone just ran their car into our house and their car was in our sons' room," Natalie McCarthy, who lives at the home, said. 

Troopers said Johnny Woodberry, 44, was driving a 2005 four-door Cadillac when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into the home with enough force to smash through the children's bedroom.

The three boys suffered minor injuries. Woodberry, who was wearing his seat belt, was not injured. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, troopers said.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

McCarthy took a look at the damage for the first time Saturday morning.

"I can't believe they're even still alive," she said.

The mother told News 6 her three sons, ages 5, 7 and 15, were sleeping at the time of the crash. 

She said her 15-year-old son is usually up late on the weekends playing video games and the television was right in the middle of the vehicle's path, but thankfully he went to bed early.

McCarthy said her boys were sleeping in a bunk bed. She believes the bunk bed saved her boys' lives. The children suffered minor injuries.

"Thank God every way from here to the hospital and back that we have all of our kids safe and sound," she said. 

McCarthy told News 6 she spoke to Woodberry, who apologized.

"He said that his brakes locked up on his vehicle and he lost control of the car and that's what happened. That's his explanation," she said. "Still, if you're doing 20 mph, you should not be in my kids' room."

Despite what happened, McCarthy said she is staying positive for her family and is thankful her kids are alive.

"This definitely proves that there is God, cause there would be no way my kids would survive this if there wasn't, at all...whatsoever," she said. "We're just going to fit the pieces back together the best we know how."                       
 

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