Driver runs away after car crashes into Orlando home

No one injured in wreck

By Daniel Dahm - Digital Manager

ORLANDO, Fla. - A driver is on the run after a car crashed into a house in Orlando, according to officials.

No one was injured in the wreck, which was reported Friday morning at 1008 37th Street off Westmoreland Drive.

The entire car entered the home, where several people, including children, were inside, the family said. The car took out the Christmas tree and even damaged parts of the backside of the home. 

The homeowner said the driver ran away after the crash.

"All the furniture in here, everything got destroyed," said Daniel Estevez, the son of the homeowner. "If it had been different hours, someone could've been in here and gotten hurt." 

Estevez's mother told News 6 this is not the first time a car had ended up in front of their home. She said it was the fourth incident in the ten years she's been living at the address. Two large trees and a community mailbox had previously been hit by cars, according to the homeowner. 

The Florida Highway Patrol said a stolen gun was found in the car. The gun was turned over to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

No other details have been released.

Following the crash. the Estevez family is calling on drivers to pay more attention on the roads, and are asking county leaders for more safety precautions to help prevent similar incidents.

"We'd like to see some lights at the end so people can wake up, or at least the strips in the road that rumble when you get close to an important intersection so it makes it safer," Estevez said. "Because it's pretty dangerous, somebody could die. We're thinking it's something that's going to happen sometime again."

A spokesperson with Orange County Public Works released the following statement to News 6 after the crash:

"We will look at the intersection approach and see if any improvements to the signage can be done to enhance the existing stop condition. We have installed larger stop signs or added reflective tape on the stop sign pole to visually enhance the stop sign in other locations in the county and this may be an option at this location. We will perform a field evaluation in the near future." 

The house has been deemed unsafe and those who lived there said they plan on staying with family while they work to figure out what's next for the home. 

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