Van smashes into Holly Hill home, misses man sleeping inside by inches

Crash happened on 8th Street in Holly Hill

HOLLY HILL, Fla. – A van crashed into a home in Holly Hill Tuesday, nearly missing a man who was sleeping, according to police.

Police said the crash happened on 8th Street when the driver lost control and slammed into the home, crashing into a bedroom.

Jennifer Trask said her 18-year-old son was asleep in the bedroom when the crash happened, and the van barely missed him.

“It literally came about 2 to 3 inches from him,” Trask said. “He said he was just laying there playing on his phone and then all of a sudden all of this dust and debris was all over. He was like everything just happened so fast. He didn’t even know what was going on.”

Officers said the driver had minor injuries and will be ticketed for failure to control the vehicle.

There were no injuries reported from those inside the home, according to police.

“A house can be rebuilt, but my baby boy can’t be rebuilt,” Trask said, reflecting on the incident.

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This is at least the fifth time a vehicle has crashed into a building in Volusia County since late February.

On June 2, a driver was hospitalized after a pickup truck drove completely through a restaurant in New Smyrna Beach.

Last month, a man was arrested in Daytona Beach Shores after authorities said he stole an SUV, then jumped out of that vehicle to flee police and let it crash into the wall of a building.

In March, a driver died after being pulled from a pickup truck that crashed into a building in the 1600 block of Ridgewood Avenue in Holly Hill.

On Feb. 27, a delivery truck crashed into the front of a DeLand home, causing significant structural damage to the house.

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