NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio (WJW) – A man is in the hospital after the SUV he was driving slammed into two houses in North Ridgeville Friday afternoon. 

The crash caused significant damage to the vehicle as well as both homes involved.

“I got a call from the police when I was still at work, saying my house got hit by a car, so I’m like ‘how could it happen?” said Rinda Hoeu, one of the homeowners.

Hoeu and his wife Mey Kosal encountered the scene when they returned to their home on Independence Boulevard. 

Around 2:30 p.m., an SUV plowed into their garage after first striking the garage of their next-door neighbor.

“I can’t talk at that point because I don’t expect it’s going to happen like that,” said Kosal.

“Our police got here with our fire crews, pulled the driver out of the car. He was conscious, he was having some sort of medical emergency, so he was transferred to the hospital,” said North Ridgeville Fire Chief John Reese.

The fire chief says there was a passenger in the SUV, but he was apparently not seriously injured.

“The passenger walked away. He actually walked down the street and was walking home. I don’t know where to,” said the chief.

Neighbors say the family in the first house that was struck is out of town, but they are headed home after receiving the news that their home was struck.

Both homes suffered heavy structural damage, so the chief said they had to call crews from Lorain County Technical Rescue Team to help shore them up.

“It’s unbelievable,” Hoeu said.

He was at work and his wife and kids were out shopping, but Hoeu says usually his mother and son are at home during the day.

“But today, they went out when the accident happened. They were with my wife outside,” Hoeu said.

The family had just moved into the house in June and they feel lucky no one was inside.

“My boy, sometimes he goes outside playing in the garage… but today, luckily, he’s not home. Thank God that we all safe,” said Hoeu.

Crews boarded up both homes and the damage appears confined to the garages. 

There is no word on the condition of the driver.