A driver behind the wheel of a speeding SUV that slammed into a house in Santa Ana Wednesday was hospitalized in critical condition.
The driver was westbound on St. Gertrude Place about 10:40 a.m. when he went through a stop sign at South Greenville Street, narrowly missing a woman and her 4-year-old child. The SUV slammed through a fence and pole and into a house, according to Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.
"He's got major injuries," Bertagna said. "In the house there was a 20-year-old woman and her two children, but fortunately they are OK."
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"It was scary," homeowner Crystal Bahena said. "My kids play in that area where the stuff fell so I was just glad my kids were not there."
Bahena's mother said she has a renewed faith in God.
"He's watching out for us ... he's taking care of us," she said.
The driver, identified only as an 81-year-old man, was taken to Orange County Global Medical Center in critical condition, Bertagna said. Authorities were trying to determine whether the driver may have had a medical emergency prior to the crash.