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Neighbor: 'God Protected' Little Girls In House/Garage Crash

April 24, 2014, 5:01 PM by Brady Mallory

Neighbor: 'God Protected' Little Girls In House/Garage Crash

An out-of-control car crashed through a Sioux Falls house and garage, coming just feet from two sleeping children. 

According to police, 21-year-old Givara Zaki drove a GMC Acadia through the northeast corner of a house near the corner of 30th Street and Blauvelt Avenue.

After smashing through a bedroom, the SUV went through the garage before finally stopping in the yard.  Police say it's a miracle the two little girls inside the bedroom weren't hurt.  The crash caught the attention of the next door neighbor.

It is not unusual for a late-night noise to wake Theresa Hay up.

"My husband's always telling me I'm dreaming," Hay said.

Hay said, this time, it sounded like something hit her house.  It did not take her long to find the proof that she was not asleep.

"I saw through our bathroom behind the shade lights were flashing. I pulled open the shade and here I saw a car looking at me," Hay said.

Though her home was not hit or damaged, the headlights were just feet away. The SUV stopped just short of the nearby chain link fence. Hay quickly woke up her husband.

"I said, 'Bob, there's something really terrible going on'," Hay said.

When the couple, along with Hay's sister-in-law, went outside, they got a better look at what happened. Hay said Zaki drove the car between the light pole and tree in the yard, up onto the grass. You can see tire marks in the grass that lead to the damaged part of the house. Police have not nailed down an exact speed, but Hay said it looks like Zaki was driving pretty fast.

"If you see the skid marks, they're well beyond the intersection," Hay said.

Officers said Zaki is the nephew of the couple who lives in this house, and have cited him with reckless driving for the overnight crash. The SUV clipped a gas line to the house, which authorities quickly repaired. Police said it is a miracle the little girls are not hurt.  Hay agrees. 

"You wonder, don't you? God protected them on a day like that," Hay said.
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