The Coral Springs Fire Department called it the “close call” of the year.
A woman on an early morning drive Monday lost control of her minivan and crashed into a fence, Local10 reported. A metal guardrail pole impaled the car, plunging through the passenger headrest and stopping inches away from the toddler in the car seat in the back.
Besayda Sosa told the station she was driving near Atlantic Boulevard and Ramblewood Drive when she crashed. Her 4-year-old daughter, Khloe, said her mom screamed and cried when the pole punctured the car. The toddler escaped with a small cut on her forehead.
The police “said I’m brave,” she told the station.
A recent South Florida crash-turned-impalement was also a near miss for the driver of a Toyota Scion. In 2013, Alberto Leon fell asleep behind the wheel and drove into a guardrail. A 10-foot long piece of metal stabbed his car from the grille to the back window, leaving him unscathed.
In 2007, Brenda Lee Bennett-Hallman wasn’t as lucky. She lost control of her SUV and crashed into a fence in Oakland Park. The 2 1/2-inch rail impaled her stomach and had to be removed at the hospital. She lived.
The most infamous impalement story in South Florida is Stephanie Murray’s 1998 freak accident. The then-13-year-old was riding in the back seat of the family’s minivan on I-95 when a quarter-inch metal rod torpedoed through the window and impaled her to the seat. It miraculously missed all her vital organs, and Murray survived.