• Woman hospitalized after car plows into Orange County home, troopers say

    By: WFTV Web Staff

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    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A woman was hospitalized Tuesday when a car plowed into her Orange County home, Florida Highway Patrol troopers said.

    The driver of the car was ticketed for careless driving and recommended for driver re-evaluation, troopers said.

    The crash happened about 9 a.m. at a home on High Lake Drive near North Apopka Vineland Road.

    Photos: Car crashes into Orange County home

    Troopers said Karin Gray, 57, was needle-pointing in her dining room when she was struck. 

    A witness ran inside the home to help Gray, but said Gray was unconscious and pinned underneath part of the table. 

    "All of a sudden, we done heard a pow. We ain't heard no squeaks. We ain't heard no brakes. We ain't heard none of that, but pow," witness Kearsten Kinder told Channel 9's Field Sutton said.

     

     

    "I go in the house and they're pulling the table, the kitchen table, off the lady's head. (I was) thinking I was going to find somebody unconscious, but this lady was talking to me, so I know there's a God," Kinder said.

    Watch: Witness describes trying to help woman hit by car

    Gray was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center as a trauma alert, troopers said. She has non-life-threatening injuries, officials said.

    Rescuers had to pull cabinets from walls and battle a water main break to get to where Gray was trapped. 

    Sgt. Kim Montes, of the Florida Highway Patrol, said Gray's husband was in the front yard and watched powerlessly as the car crashed into the dining room. 

     

     

    The driver, Pearlie Searles, 67, who lives in the neighborhood, had just dropped off a child at school before the crash, Montes said. 

    Montes said there is no evidence Searles tried to slow down before missing the curve and crashing. 

    Searles told troopers she doesn't remember the moments leading up to the crash.

    There is no suspicion that drugs or alcohol were involved, Montes said. 

    Watch: Crews clean up after car crashes into Orange County home

    Gray's husband told troopers a car crashed into their home 15 years ago, but no one was injured in that incident. 

    Charges against Searles are pending, troopers said. 

    No other information was released.

    Stay with wftv.com for updates.

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