Rude Awakening For Elderly Couple After Car Slams Into Miramar Home

It was a rude awakening for a Miramar couple early Friday morning after a car smashed into their home.

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- And now at 5:30, a Miramar family gets a rude awakening when a car smashes into their home. The family says they were stunned but not surprised. They say it's not uncommon to see car accidents on their street.

- CBS 4's Ted Scouten joins us live from Miramar with why neighbors say they're concerned accidents will continue to happen.

We're talking about that stretch of Miramar Parkway that has all of the curves. To give you an idea what investigators believe happened in this case, they believe that car was coming from the west going eastbound, ended up going through this guardrail here, went across a yard, and then made its way over to the house there where you can see there cleaning up over there. Right there on the corner is where the car hit. Jolted out of bed at 2:00 in the morning when a car crashed into the home of 77-year-old Carolina Ceballos and her 92-year-old husband Francisco.


- The car impact. And they were sleeping. And this is something that they cannot tolerate anymore because it's something that they are traumatized. And it's scary to go out.


TED SCOUTEN: Francisco points to where he was hit by glass from their shattered bedroom window. Fortunately, the couple is OK, just shaken up. As this crash is being investigated, another car coming around that curve hit a police squad car. No one was injured. And just a week earlier, a car barreled into the front yard of the house next door.

ROBERTO CEPEDA: We are asking the city, we are asking the community to put something to minimize the impact. We're talking about [? people's ?] [? life. ?]

WAYNE MESSAM: We can no longer accept the fact that our residents are at peril because of this situation.

TED SCOUTEN: Miramar mayor Wayne Messam told people in the area the city and county will work together to fix the problem.

WAYNE MESSAM: Whether it's a structure, retaining wall, if we have to reconfigure Miramar Parkway to make it less of a curb. So and then-- because at the end of the day, drivers have to be responsible, to honor and recognize the speed limits and the caution.

TED SCOUTEN: Speed is a problem here. Police say in this latest case, the driver was likely going too fast. Approaching the curves, the county has set up flashing lights and signs warning of the 25 mile per hour speed limit. They also installed guardrails. Now they're looking at some other short and long term fixes.

ANDREW SEBO: Additional signage, potentially additional areas of guardrail or improved guardrail, or different kinds of barricades.

TED SCOUTEN: City and county officials plan to meet sometime next week to try to come up with a permanent solution for this stretch of Miramar Parkway. In Miramar, Ted Scouten, CBS 4 News.