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LEHIGH ACRES | Two cars crash into two houses, killing one; FHP working to see if there's connection

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Posted at 8:58 AM, Sep 22, 2023
and last updated 2023-09-22 19:28:45-04

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. — Florida Highway Patrol is investigating two crashes into two different houses in Lehigh Acres. In one crash, the driver died, and troopers are trying to see if the driver killed is connected to another crash minutes prior.

FHP says both crashes happened on Lee Boulevard near Gunnery Road, just two miles from each other. In one crash, FHP says an unknown driver hit another car in the westbound lanes. The driver hit jumped the median and the curb before crashing into the house where Miriam Juarez lives.

She said she had just got home from work and heard a loud boom. When Juarez went outside, she said she saw the driver try to hide a six-pack of beer by her garbage can.

FHP got to the scene and arrested the driver for DUI.

Minutes later, first responders got a call about another crash. Another driver crashed into another house just two miles down the road.

FHP is still trying to put a timeline together of the crashes, so it's not clear which one happened first.

In the second crash, FHP says the driver also crossed the median, jumped the curb and slammed into two cars in the driveway before hitting the garage. That driver did not survive.

Troopers are not sure if the driver who died is the same one who side swiped the other car.

Juarez says with the crashes, it makes her nervous to live on Lee Boulevard, telling Fox 4 it has become a race track. The speed is 45 mph, though Juarez says people are flying down the road constantly.

At her home, the crash caused her to have no water or Internet. Thankfully, no one was hurt, but says if it happened five minutes earlier, the car probably would've hit her outside.