A Dallas family is fed up after their North Oak Cliff home was struck by a vehicle for the third time in ten years.
At 2 a.m. last Sunday, a full-size sedan drove straight in the Hernandez’s home in the 3500 block of W. Clarendon Drive, destroying both of the Hernandez’s cars before coming to a stop in the family’s living room.
“I instantly knew what it was, because it’s happened before,” Anabel Hernandez said.
The driver of the sedan was arrested and charged with a DWI, but that doesn’t bring much closure to Mary Ann and Juan Hernandez, who are left with the bill in the wake of the collision.
And that bill could total tens of thousands of dollars. That’s because the collision left the house that the Hernandez’s have called home for 33 years with cracks in the exterior bricks and a destroyed family room. One of their cars was totaled, and the other one was badly damaged.
Anabel, 16, says she’s afraid to live in the home now. Her parents don’t feel incredibly safe in the home either.
“[I’m afraid] of it happening again,” Mary Ann Hernandez said. “You know the next time, not stopping at this part of the house and going further back into the house while we do sleep.”
The Hernandez’s aren’t the only ones along that stretch of Clarendon Drive who have had their homes damaged by vehicles. Their nextdoor neighbor’s home has been hit twice. They’ve petitioned the city for speed bumps and railings to protect their houses, but their calls have fallen upon deaf ears.
Now, they live in fear.
“She says that each time she comes out of her house, it’s going to be her house that is crashed into,” the next door neighbor said through an interpreter. “There’s going to be a big hole in the house and she has children inside she doesn’t want anybody getting killed.”