FORT WORT — Police said a male driver of an SUV with a child passenger inside fled the scene of a minor crash before he lost control of the vehicle, which ultimately ended upside down in the garage of a Fort Worth home.
What was left of the vehicle was barely recognizable and that anyone survived the crash was almost unbelievable.
"The child had minor injuries," said Tim Hardeman, a spokesman with the Fort Worth Fire Department.
The young boy was strapped into a safety seat, which likely saved his life. The driver, whose name was not released, was killed.
Fort Worth police said it all began when the driver fled the scene of a minor crash Friday afternoon on the Southwest Boulevard bridge over Vickery Boulevard. He reached a high rate of speed and then lost control, leaving the road and hitting a fire hydrant at Southwest Boulevard and Culver Avenue.
The SUV went airborne, rolled over onto its top and slammed into a garage of a nearby home. It came to a stop in the garage, where it became partially lodged on top of an unoccupied pickup parked in the driveway.
Leslie Brammer, 77, owned the home and said he was inside at the time of the crash.
"I heard a loud rumbling, bump, bang and then kaboom," he said. "Like a bomb went off. It shook the whole house."
He immediately ran outside and said he never saw the driver move.
"[The child] got out and was talking to the firemen," Brammer said. "They had him sit down in case something might be wrong with him."
The child suffered only minor injuries and was taken to a hospital to be checked out.
It was a close call for Brammer as well. He said he has lived in the home for 20 years.
"I feel lucky because I'm normally in the garage or yard or something," he said.
The driver of the SUV was transported to a hospital with critical injuries and was later pronounced dead.