PLANTATION, FL -- A woman who lost control of her car while driving through her neighborhood ended up crashing through three backyards and hitting a sunbather, according to Plantation Fire Rescue.
The driver was eastbound on Southwest 21st Street around 5 p.m. Friday when, witnesses told investigators, she lost control near Southwest 52nd Avenue and plowed through a backyard fence, battalion chief Joel Gordon said.
"[She] ran through a second fence in a second backyard and struck a sunbather who was a resident at that second address and then ran into the backyard of her own residence," he said. "Tire tracks actually showed her car jumped over a pool in another yard."
The driver, 65, came to rest on the screened patio deck of her home, narrowly missing her swimming pool. Both the driver and the sunbather, 29, required hospital care, he said.
"The sunbather was taken to Broward Health Medical Center," he said. "The driver was also taken to Broward Health with minor injuries."
The sunbather's condition was downgraded from serious to critical late Friday. She was tossed in the air when hit by the car, Gordon said. No names were available Friday.
The wooden shadowbox fences splintered as the silver four-door Mercedes burst through, witnesses said. The car briefly went airborne before it came to rest with flat tires just feet from the pool, witnesses told investigators. ___