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  • Maureen Mespell | The Journal Gazette A car barreled into an unattached garage, through a fence and into a home located at the corner of Clinton and Leith streets early Sunday morning.

Monday, February 29, 2016 4:38 am

Car rams home; driver hurt

Jamie Duffy | The Journal Gazette

A man was badly injured early Sunday when the sport utility vehicle he was driving crashed into a home on Fort Wayne’s south side, police said.

A couple who were asleep in the house at the time jumped out of their beds when the SUV crashed into the back of their home, their nephew said. They were not injured.

The nephew, who declined to give his name, was overseeing a cleanup crew from Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling, a cleanup and restoration company. He spoke Sunday afternoon about the event that drove his aunt and uncle from their home at East Leith and Clinton streets.

The driver careened around a curve on Clinton Street just past Pontiac Street and crashed into a two-car garage at the northeast corner of the property. The SUV then plowed through a shed, flipping it so high it went over the stockade fence and on to Clinton Street.

"He hit it so hard it flew up over the fence and landed in the street," said Paul Davis crew leader Connie Hull of Churubusco at the scene on Sunday afternoon.

Fort Wayne police Officer Jason Anthony said an Allen County sheriff’s deputy was at the corner of Pontiac and Clinton streets when he saw a car going south on Clinton at what he estimated to be at least 100 miles per hour at 3:37 a.m.

As the car crossed Pontiac Street, it left the right side of the road, struck an unattached garage, barreled through a fence and hit the back of the house, Anthony said.

Clinton Street was closed until 5:50 a.m. because of debris in the road.

The SUV finally came to a halt in the rear bathroom, the nephew said.

The unidentified driver, Anthony said, was listed in serious condition at a hospital. 

The couple were forced to leave the home and will not be able to occupy it for another couple of days, the nephew added.

"They’re good people," the nephew said, adding that the couple had lived there for more than 30 years.

Outside, in the front of the house, was a statue of Mary and Jesus and other garden decorations such as two lovebirds and two swans, none of which were touched. The home covered in new green vinyl siding was tidy as are the other homes on that section of Leith Street.

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Maureen Mespell of The Journal Gazette contributed to this story.