Driver at large after crashing into elderly woman's home in NE Harris County

By Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli - Digital News Editor, Vincent Crivelli - Reporter

MT. HOUSTON, Texas - A driver is on the run after deputies say the person crashed into a home in northeast Harris County.

The incident happened around 2 a.m. Friday at a house near Ciceter Road and Hollybrook Lane, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said Lillie Faulkner, 82, was sleeping in her home heard a loud bang.

"I jumped up immediately, half asleep, and ran out," Faulkner said.

When she got to the garage area, Faulkner found parts of her garage in pieces along with the car that had crashed leaving behind extensive damage.

"We smelled gas at first," Faulkner said. "We thought the car might blow up because it just pushed everything in. The foundation has been damaged and (an area near the back yard) has been shifted. I am not angry and upset at him, I would just like to know how it happened. It’s pretty devastating. I just want it like it was."

The driver of the vehicle fled on foot, but authorities said neighbors know who that person is.

A search of the license plate showed the vehicle was registered to a home just a mile away from the scene of the accident.

Deputies are investigating to determine the cause of the accident and whether the driver was impaired or if the vehicle was stolen.

The vehicle has since been towed away, leaving extensive damage to the home.

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