On Saturday, nine year old Joseph Vanhouse spent the day with friends at the Gasparilla kid’s parade and then joined six other kids for a sleepover at a friend’s home. Sometime in the early hours of Sunday morning, an SUV driven by a teenager crashed through the side of the home where the children were sleeping. The SUV struck a car parked in the driveway before hitting the house, launching the other car into the side of the home as well.
Joseph Vanhouse was sleeping on the couch in the living room when it was struck by one of the vehicles, and the child was sent flying about fifteen feet onto a tile floor. He was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital and is being treated for a fractured skull. According to the homeowner, Ray Dunnings, the SUV crashed all the way through the home, taking out a back wall. Dunnings reported that a young girl had been sleeping in a chair that was directly in the path of the SUV, but had moved sometime before the accident occurred.
The driver of the car was a seventeen year old boy, who according to police was speeding and ran a stop sign. Police also report that there were two other teenage passengers in the car who attempted to flee the scene. Police also have reason to suspect that the teenagers were under the influence of a controlled substance. Police are waiting for toxicology reports to come back before filing any criminal charges against the driver. Read more details of the accident that injured a nine year old Florida boy at 9-year-old’s skull fractured after SUV slams into home.
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