A vehicle crashing into a home overnight Saturday in East Hall County sent a child to the hospital with injuries and caused extensive damage to the house.
Hall County Fire Services responded to the crash in the 3500 block of Southchase Drive off Roy Parks Road, Capt. Zachary Brackett said in a news release.
“It was like a movie,” neighbor Juan Sanchez said describing the scene he watched Friday night from his home across the street.
A man driving a red Jeep barrelled into the home, where Daniel Sanchez, 23, was getting a bath ready for his 7-year-old niece and 2-year-old nephew as they watched cartoons in the living room.
“You just heard a big noise and screaming,” Daniel Sanchez said.
The two Sanchez families are not related.
According to Georgia State Patrol Cpl. J.S. Munger, the vehicle traveled out of the roadway, struck several vehicles and then the house.
Jonathan Gilham, 20, of Gainesville was charged with failure to maintain lane and operating an unsafe motor vehicle, Munger said.
“He said he lost control,” Daniel Sanchez said. “But either he was texting and driving, or driving too fast.”
Daniel said a neighbor captured the event on video. According to the videos, the car hit the home at 12:45 a.m. Saturday.
“He hit three cars and the garage,” Daniel Sanchez said.
A stop sign, which previously stood on the corner of Synthia Court and Southchase Drive, was hit and flew into a nearby tree when the incident occurred.
Crews found extensive damage to the front of the home. A 7-year-old girl was transported for evaluation at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville and is in stable condition.
“At least no one was (severely) hurt,” Juan Sanchez said.
The American Red Cross was contacted to provide assistance to the family of three adults and four children. In addition, Hall County Building Inspections and Jackson EMC officials were contacted to lend assistance.