Avis Alexander was asleep in a back bedroom early Sunday morning when she heard what she described as “a very loud noise” by her wooden house along Northeast 28th Street.
Alexander woke up and went to the front window. Looking outside, she saw a shinny object, which turned out to be a car, on her front lawn.
“It scared me,” Alexander said Tuesday, working in her yard.
She called 911, and Ocala Police Department officers went to her home.
Officers on scene found a man on the side of her home. The man, later identified as 30-year-old Jeffery Robinson, was ejected from an older model Honda Accord.
Robinson, who officers said was not wearing his seat belt and a passenger in the vehicle, had hit Alexander’s home.
The force was so great, it broke three boards. Robinson died at the location. The area where Robinson’s body hit, is covered by blue tarp.
“I feel bad for his family,” Alexander said.
According to police, the driver of the Honda was traveling on the two-lane roadway along Northeast 28th Street when he lost control of the vehicle and it veered off the roadway.
The car struck a large tree stump mere yards away from Alexander’s home. From there, the car went airborne, and landed in front of Alexander’s home.
Police said they were called to the scene Sunday at 2:40 a.m.
The driver was taken to a local hospital for treatment. His name was not released by officers. Police said he was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash.
As their investigation continues, officers are checking to see if speed or alcohol played a role in the crash.
Sunday’s fatality was the third this year for the city of Ocala.
— Contact Austin L. Miller at 867-4118, [email protected] or @almillerosb.