Eight residents displaced after SUV crashes into Tampa apartment complex

Crashed occurred at Sweetwater Cove Apartments
SUV crashes into Tampa apartment complex
Posted at 2:55 AM, Oct 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-30 06:38:32-04

Several residents of a Tampa apartment building need to temporarily find a new place to live after a SUV crashed into their building on Sunday night.

The accident occurred at the Sweetwater Cove Apartments, located at 5454 Ginger Cove Drive in the Rocky Point neighborhood.

Phyllis Jackson-Smith, the driver of the Infiniti QX4 spoke to ABC Action News and admitted to accidentally stepping on the gas pedal instead of the brake just as she pulled into the complex's parking lot.

The SUV knocked over the brick bedroom wall on the first floor of one building.

Code Enforcement told the six people living in the first-floor unit and the two people in second-floor unit directly above needed to leave out of an abundance of caution. A structural engineer will need to determine if the building is safe to live in.

The driver says she and her daughter live above the unit she crashed into, so she is among those displaced. The complex is allowing both of them to stay in the model apartment.

The Red Cross is helping the other six people with a place to stay.

Complex management says construction crews are working on improvements to other buildings and will be called out to board up and repair the damaged wall.

There is conflicting information whether someone was injured or not in the crash. The driver says no one was hurt but code enforcement and the complex management says one person was taken to the hospital to be checked out.