Suspected drunk driver slams into Tampa home

Posted at 12:28 PM, Mar 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-15 00:12:48-04

A Tampa family's home has been deemed unsafe to live after a suspected drunk driver slammed into it early Saturday morning, injuring at least one person inside.

It happened around 5:20 a.m. Saturday.

According to Hillsborough County deputies, Cheryl Cherian, 21, drove her gray 2007 Toyota Camry into the front window of a home at 12015 N. Oregon Avenue.

"it was just like a big bomb went off or something," said Yvonne Mosley.

Family members told ABC Action News Cherian a member of the family was sleeping on a couch which rested against the wall that Cherian drove through.  That man was thrown from the couch into a wall across the living room and suffered abrasions and a neck injury, family members said.

"I was like, 'Oh my God!'" recalled Jenna Mosley.

"Threw him clear across the house, tore down all the walls in the house," Yvonne said.

Jenna reportedly witnessed Cherian get out of her car following the crash.

'The lady just kept saying, 'Oh my god! Oh my God!  I am so sorry!'" Jenna explained.

Cherian was taken to Tampa General Hospital where she was looked at, deemed OK and then arrested.

Deputies say Cherian failed a field sobriety test with breathalyzer results coming back as .122 and .130.

Cherian is now charged with driving under the influence with property damage/injury.

Code enforcement officers deemed the home unsafe and "immediately" evacuated it.  The family is not even allowed back in to get personal items.

"I would feel worse if it was a life that had to be taken instead of our stuff," Jenna said.

The family told ABC Action News this is the third tragedy they're facing this week.  They had a family member pass away and another family suffered a heart attack and remains in the ICU at an area hospital.

Yvonne says she was denied help by The Red Cross because she had not lost her home to a fire or flood.

The family is now sleeping on the floor at a friend's house.

Every time I get upset I just have to take deep breaths because I have a bad heart.  I have stents in my heart and doctors say the stress on my heart it is going to kill me.  So I just keep praying.  I know God's got us.  It's got to work out," Yvonne said while crying.

If you would like to help the Mosley's, they have set up a GoFundMe page.  You can donate by clicking here.