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Car crashes into East Austin home

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Witnesses say the driver went airborne across the street, rolling several times before slamming into this house, upside down.

Eyewitness Alvin Wilson said, "He went airborne from right here. I mean the car was in the air down from his home.

"Just as I looked around, we saw a car shoot in front of this sign, go airborne and start flipping. It hit that hill over there, upside down...boom," Wilson said.

Friday afternoon, Austin Police started getting calls about a reckless driver near Colgate Lane and Northeast Drive.

"The driver of the vehicle had a felony warrant...there was a police officer in the area who observed him driving fast. No traffic stop was ever initiated," said Sgt. Greg White, with the Austin Police Department.

Police say he was barreling down this street, going at least 70 miles per hour, and at that time, these lights were flashing. The speed limit was only 20 mile per hour.

"School was letting out too and all kinds of stuff started crossing my mind," Wilson said.

With a Mother's Day out program and Pierce Middle School nearby, there were plenty of people walking in the area.

Wilson added, "I hope the kids are alright and I hope he's alright."

Two people were home at the time of the crash...an elderly man and his caretaker.

The car hit with such intensity, it destroyed both of his bathrooms. Parts were strewn across the yard and a bumper lays in the grass.

"It happened in a blink of an eye, but I saw the whole thing and it freaked me out," said Wilson.

It's a reminder of just how quickly our lives could be snatched away.

First responders say the driver, a 30-year-old man, was pinned inside the mangled car for some time, before being transported to UMC Brackenridge with serious injuries.

He passed away at 7 p.m.

This makes the 5th traffic fatality for 2013, according to APD.

His name will be released once the next of kin has been notified.

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