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Elderly man crashes vehicle into empty pool of north Phoenix home

Posted at 3:54 PM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 19:55:09-05

PHOENIX — An elderly man was able to walk away from a crash Thursday morning after he slammed his SUV into a brick wall and ended up in an empty pool in Phoenix.

The crash happened in the backyard of a home near 43rd and Dunlap avenues.

Phoenix police told ABC15 the driver had a medical emergency. He told EMS he blacked out and he didn't remember anything.

Crews checked him out but the driver wasn't taken to the hospital.

Jerry and Layne have lived in the home for 25 years and said luck was on everyone's side. They were in their family room when the crash happened.

"It sounded like the house was exploding," said Layne Bringhurst. "I was just coming out to plant some tomatoes and some cucumbers. Just lucky I wasn't out here yet."

The couple said the pool had recently been drained for repairs.

"I'm glad he wasn't hurt. I'm glad nobody was hurt. It's just stuff, we can handle this," said Bringhurst looking at the damage in his backyard.

Neighbors said they heard the crash and immediately ran to see if everyone was okay.

"He clipped the wall over here, he came a little airborne off the sidewalk and the full throttle through the neighbor's fence," said Cheryl See.

"We heard all the noise and all the dust and the car just disappeared through the wall. It was a very loud, very loud bang." said Gregg See.

Neighbors said they believe the driver is in his early 90s. They said he lives nearby and frequently drives around in the neighborhood.

"All the airbags deployed, but he didn't have a mark on him," said Cheryl See.

Police say the no one was injured in the crash.