Updated: Thursday, 11 Feb 2010, 9:34 AM EST
Published : Thursday, 11 Feb 2010, 9:29 AM EST
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (KXAN) - A couple of children were sleeping in the back bedroom of the small New Braunfels, Texas home where an SUV slammed into the front brick wall.
The children were uninjured, but police said another young child was in the vehicle and riding on the driver's lap at the time of the crash.
"We were very fortunate that not only the occupants of the vehicle but also the people inside the house- no one was injured," said New Braunfels police lieutenant Mike Penshorn.
The mother of the children inside the home had just put them to bed and was watching television in the living room when she heard a vehicle driving recklessly in the cul-de-sac outside her house.
"We heard somebody out here doing donuts and going around the circle and by the time we got up to look, the couch hit me, I fell," said Randi, who did not want to release her last name. "They came through the bedroom into the living room. It was so quick. I was just screaming for my kids. It was ridiculous."
Randi's children were safe, but police found a 7-year-old boy alone at the scene.
"They said it was a little boy and a man but the man was gone," said Randi.
The driver, 32, allegedly abandoned his child and fled the scene. He has since been questioned by police. The child was frightened, but not hurt, according to police.
"Really he was just shaken up a little bit," said Lt. Penshorn. "From the extent of the damage to the vehicle and the residence we're really fortunate that no one was seriously injured."
Workers from the New Braunfels Housing Authority boarded up the hole in the wall Wednesday afternoon, but the family was already moving out. Overnight, the home was unsecured and became a target for thieves.
"They stole all my clothes," said Randi. "I have no clothes. My shoes, pretty much everything is gone."
The Housing Authority is moving Randi's family to another home. The little boy is home safe with family. The driver of the SUV could face charges of endangering a child, reckless driving, and fleeing the scene of an accident.
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