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Neighborhood reacts after car loses control, strikes 2 homes in Olathe

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A car in Olathe drove through the corner of a house at 160th and Warwick all the way into a garage two homes away.

Police don't have a clear answer about what caused the wreck, but they said the driver did not seem to be impaired.

Neighbors hovered around the damage in amazement, taking photos one after the other.

Chris Prather lives a few blocks away and was behind the car when it veered left and sped up suddenly.

"I saw him go through the house and saw just everything explode,” Prather said. “He hit the AC first so the Freon went everywhere and I saw just siding and insulation go everywhere."

"This is a little bit more excitement than South Hampton ever sees," Prather added.

The car took out the corner of one house, barely missing the gas meter, and went through a second home's lawn. It stopped when it slammed into a third home's garage.

"It's a nice day,” Prather said. “There's a lot of people outside playing. So that was my first thought, was ‘Who was in the house? Was there anybody outside in the backyard?’"

Abdou Jarra and his wife were inside with their two boys and heard a loud boom.

"She came out running [saying] ‘It's an earthquake,’ and I'm like ‘No, I don't think that sounds like an earthquake,’" Jarra said.

When they stepped outside, the car was stuck in the back of their garage. The driver was inside and stepped out without a scratch.

"I was looking for any signs of abnormality in terms of intoxication or anything like that, but no."

Jarra and the others were all grateful no one was hurt, especially considering all the children in the neighborhood, including Jarra's two boys who usually go out to play after 5 p.m. The collision happened just 15 minutes before that.

"If it was around this time, the kids could have been caught up in this whole mess,” Jarra said.

Instead, the neighborhood kids just got some action movie excitement right in their back yard.

"We thought the backyard was pretty safe until today," Jarra said with a laugh.

Police say the driver is a 20-year-old Johnson County man. They did not take him into custody and are still trying to sort out what contributed to the wreck.

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