Deborah Beauvil was fast asleep early Monday in her Northwest Miami-Dade home when suddenly the wall collapsed around her.
And just like that — there was a car in her bedroom.
She screamed, jumped out of bed and onto her 19-year-old sister, Abigail, who was sleeping in the bed next to her. Their mother was in another room.
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“It all happened so fast,” said the 16-year-old, who managed to escape major injuries. “It’s a miracle we didn’t get hurt.”
How and why the Pontiac Grand Prix ended up in the corner house at 1105 NW 105th St. in Northwest Miami-Dade at about 1:30 a.m. Monday is under investigation, Miami-Dade police Detective Romelio Martinez said.
The owner of the car, who identified himself as Daniel Robert, said he was in the car, but not driving. He said a friend was going about 75 miles per hour when he lost control.
“I told him to slow down,” said Robert, 27. “I don’t know where he went.”
Miami-Dade police said they were trying to track down the driver Monday.
Meanwhile, the tangled mess of concrete and metal remained for most of the day as the Pontiac protruded from the house. Inside, the flowery bedspreads could barely be seen under the rubble. The mattress closest to the window was pushed sideways.
“We just tried to run for our lives,” said Abigail Beauvil, adding that it was hard because the door was jammed. “We didn’t know if the whole house was going to collapse.”
The house was declared structurally unsafe, forcing the family to take what they could and stay with relatives.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokesman Alexio Rodriguez said a team had to make sure the house was secure before the car could be removed.
The structure was also compromised by termite damage, he said. Once the car was removed, it was boarded up so no one could enter.
“It’s condemned. They can’t go in,” Rodriguez said.
Juno Blanc, whose aunt and uncle own the house, said this is not the first time that someone has crashed at the home. About six months ago a car slammed into the wooden fence and went into the yard.
Blanc said the the family will stay with relatives who live nearby. The teens’ father was on a business trip and his on his way back to his family.
“It’s a complete mess in there,” he said. “This is a really bad situation.”