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Car plunges into Coral Springs couple's pool, delaying honeymoon

By Juan Ortega | Sun Sentinel
3:43 PM EDT, June 12, 2009

A teenage driver swerving to avoid a cat drove his car into the backyard swimming pool at around 3:30 a.m. The car went through the bushes and a fence and into the pool, police said. The driver, the only person in the vehicle, got out of the car unhurt. . (Jim Donnelly, Correspondent / June 12, 2009)

CORAL SPRINGS - A Coral Springs couple didn't let a little thing like a car plunging into their pool stop them from going on their Key West honeymoon.

Stacy Lazdowski, 44, and her husband, Robert J. Lazdowski, 33, who married in December, were eager to start their three-day honeymoon Friday.

But they almost had to ditch their plans when a teenager drove his blue 2005 Acura more than 30 feet from the road into the couple's pool. After the Lazdowskis spent several hours cleaning up debris and repairing their damaged backyard fence, they began their trip to Key West, though much later than expected.

"I'm just looking forward to the beautiful sunset with my husband, a Rum Runner, and getting a great big hug and kiss," Stacy Lazdowski said.

No one was hurt in the crash, which occurred at 3:30 a.m. in the 9600 block of Northwest 27th Court.

Stacy Lazdowski said she woke up from hearing the loud crash and squealing. She said her immediate concern was everyone's well-being. She checked inside her house and found no one was hurt, including her 22-year-old pregnant daughter. She then rushed outside and found the driver had exited his car uninjured.

The driver, whose name wasn't released by police, told police he swerved from the road to avoid a cat and wasn't given a citation, police Sgt. Joe McHugh said. Under department policy, officers don't issue traffic citations when no one files a complaint and no one is injured, McHugh said.

A tow truck arrived and removed the car from the Lazdowski family's pool two hours later.

Robert Lazdowski estimated repairing a cement side of the pool would cost about $40,000, which he expected would be paid off by his homeowners insurance and the driver's insurer.

Just before they left their home, Stacy Lazdowski said: "We were supposed to be parasailing by now."

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Added: Jun-14-2009 Occurred On: Jun-12-2009
By: popehat
Tags: teenager, pool, car accident, Sun Sentinel
Location: Coral springs, Florida, United States (load item map)
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