LUTZ, Fla. (FOX 13) - A Lutz homeowner got a roaring surprise when a car landed in his backyard pool Thursday afternoon.
Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputies said the driver hit the gas instead of the brakes and drove right into the drink.
“I was in the kitchen cooking lunch, and it almost sounded like it was a plane that landed in my yard,” said homeowner Blas Simon. “I looked and you could see a massive splash. I ran out to see if he was OK, and he was climbing out of the sunroof,”
The sunroof was the only thing above water in Simon's 5.5-foot deep oasis.
The driver told Hillsborough County deputies someone cut him off near the site of the crash, at Blind Pond Avenue and Blessed Place.
No one was hurt, but the homeowner said he had been trimming the plants just an hour earlier, right in the car’s path.
“If you were standing there when the car went in, you would've gotten killed. It's instant,” he said. “I would've been at the bottom of the pool.”
Despite the damage, Simon was glad no one was badly injured. He said, as for the damage, that is what homeowner’s insurance is for.
“At the beginning, I couldn't believe it. I was like, ‘No, this cannot be happening, right?’ And then after a while you just kind of roll with it. What else are you going to do?” said Simon.
OOPS! That's not where this goes. A driver accidentally drove into a pool when trying to avoid a car then hitting the gas instead of the brakes. Luckily, there were no injuries but next time, it might be better to grab your swim trunks instead. #teamhcso #SheriffChadChronister pic.twitter.com/ynIpmKwGNo— HCSO (@HCSOSheriff) June 20, 2019