Car barrels into Ft. Myers child care center's playground

Car barrels into Ft. Myers child care center's playground

By Colleen Hogan. CREATED Jul 27, 2012

FT. MYERS, Fla. - Unbelievable images as a car plows through the fence of a Lee County child care facility, coming just feet from the playground!

Four In Your Corner's Colleen Hogan is talking to staff to find out how the destroyed playground will affect the kids.
 
It's play time at the Brightest Horizon Child Development Center in Ft. Myers. Teachers are trying to keep the kids busy with bubbles.
 
It's tough, because the place they really want to be playing with the swings, is taped off with yellow caution tape.
 
"When they go out here, this is the part they want to go to the most," teen volunteer Jessica Montinat said.
 
That's because Thursday night, a driver lost control of his black car, crashing into the playground. 
 
"There was a car wedged between the palm trees and up against the area where children normally ride their bikes," executive director Tina Parsons said.
 
Thankfully, no little ones or staff were outside at the time, as they had just gone inside. The driver of the car and his passenger were taken to the hospital. The shards of glass and wreckage from the accident still are visible in the roped-off section of the play area.
 
"Thank goodness no one was there and everyone was okay," Parsons said.
 
Parsons estimates the damage to the playground in the thousands. She says they're now looking to the community to help them get some new equipment for the kids.
 
"Without this playground, the children have very limited space to play," she said.
 
If you'd like to help the kids get that playground up and running, we have ways you can help on the Big Red 4. 
 
Colleen Hogan, reporter
chogan@fox4now.com
 

 

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