Driver captured after slamming into Cleveland house on Thanksgiving

Posted at 10:20 PM, Nov 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-24 16:42:25-05

A driver is in custody after smashing into a family's home on Thanksgiving night. That driver lost control of her black Hyundai along Storer Avenue on Cleveland's near West Side.

The vehicle ended up going through the home's porch and was wedged in the front of the house. The resident inside the home spoke to News 5 about the harrowing ordeal.

Felicita Rodriguez said she considers it a miracle that she made it out alive.

Rodriguez said she came home from a Thanksgiving party before 9:30 p.m. She went into her bedroom to change her clothes. She went to the kitchen to get a drink, when the car crashed through her bedroom. 

"I mean I was like, 'oh my god.' God must've been with me because the cross that was actually hanging on the door, it fell right to my feet. It fell right to my feet in the kitchen," she said.

Rodriguez said she is also grateful others rushed to check on her.

"It's crazy, all my family came to see what was going on. I'm just thankful for all of the people that... We have really nice neighbors and stuff that helped out," she said. "This is a thanksgiving I will never forget for the rest of my life."

According to Rodriguez, a female driver inside the car was acting erratically and tried to run off.

She was initially being transported to the hospital in an ambulance, but Cleveland police said she escaped. She was then caught again and taken into custody. 

Rodriguez is now hoping to get a guard rail installed outside of her home.