SUV slams into Port Charlotte house

This SUV drove into a home on Easy Street near Croton Terrace in Port Charlotte. Charlotte County Fire & EMS, along with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the crash around 7 p.m. Saturday. The SUV caused significant damage to the home, and at least one patient may have been airlifted to a hospital.

PORT CHARLOTTE – An SUV slammed into a home on Easy Street, pinning a refrigerator against an 89-year-old man Saturday.

Neighbors, including a Punta Gorda firefighter, ran to help the man.

“He was pinned for a while,” said Todd Dunn, public information officer for Charlotte County Fire & EMS. “The neighbors did a really great job.”

Due to concerns about the man being pinned against the fridge, along with a broken ankle that initially was feared to be a compound fracture, he was airlifted to Lee Memorial Hospital, Dunn said. The man's wife also was home when the SUV crashed into their house, but she was not injured.

The driver of the SUV suffered minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital.

It was not immediately known why the SUV driver plowed into the single-story residence around 7 p.m. Saturday near Croton Terrace.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers are investigating the crash.

Building officials also responded to the scene Saturday and condemned the home, Dunn said. Charlotte County Fire & EMS personnel helped secure the house.

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