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Cape family's cars destroyed while parked in their driveway

Posted at 7:44 AM, Oct 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-11 07:45:03-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- A Cape Coral family is left with a headache and a lot of damage, thanks to a suspected drunk driver who drove straight through their yard and plowed into their cars parked in the driveway.

Dennis Velez can still open the passenger door to his sedan. But the days of opening the driver side door, or even driving the car at all, are done.

When looking at Dennis's and his daughter's cars in the driveway, the obvious question is, how could someone have caused this wreckage?

"Got in the yard, then came airborne, according to what the police said, and just hit my car.  Then hit my daughter's car, still was airborne, missed a garage, then landed in a field next door."

Dennis tells Fox 4 that after it happened Thursday night, the driver had enough liquor in her system to blow over a .20.

He says he was emotional over the damaged car.  "I've had that car since it was brand new. I've had it 8 years, and I haven't had a car payment in 3 years, and now it looks like i'll have to start all over again."

Starting over is the only option when glass from the windshield covers the driveway, the tires are wrecked, and both cars are destroyed.  "I don't see it being repaired, because it's so crunched up inside of there.  Even when I look inside the engine, inside of the engine compartment, I can see stuff crunched up inside."

Now he has a message for drivers on Embers Parkway -- where the speed limit is 45 mph -- and the woman who thought it was okay to drink and drive.  "Well, I hope she learned her lesson."

Police have not yet identified the driver, or said what specific charges he or she may be facing.