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By Eric Heinz
Two women were hospitalized after the driver of a 1982 Mercedes-Benz crashed into the garage of a home at 10:55 a.m. Thursday on the 33700 block of Bayside Lane in Dana Point, according to Orange County Fire Authority officials.
Steve Concialdi, OCFA public information officer, said the driver was taken to Mission Hospital and was in “moderate” condition and the passenger in the vehicle sustained minor injuries. Concialdi said the two women are in their 80s.
Information regarding what caused the driver to crash was not immediately available on Thursday.
The residents of the home, Ron and Nanette Ouellet, were in the living room during the incident and said they could feel the house shake when the car struck it. The Ouellets said they knew the two women involved in the accident and that the driver had not driven in some time.
“It was really just a bad accident,” Nanette said. “We hope they’re alright.”
Ron said the garage was a place where he would work. The couple’s cars were trapped in the garage, which had sustained substantial damage.
Dana Point building inspectors tagged the garage as “yellow,” Concialdi said, which means the structure was unsafe but not condemned. The car had snapped a support beam of the garage and narrowly missed a fire hydrant as it drove into the structure.