Margi Nanney was in her kitchen cutting up strawberries to put on her cereal before the sun rose Thursday.
Then, a huge crash.
Around 6:35 a.m., a white 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis jumped the sidewalk, crashed through their tinsel-adorned white picket fence and hit the porch of the historic Johnson Helm House.
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Bradenton resident Mollie Lyerly, 26, was driving the Grand Marquis westbound on 53rd Avenue East when an unidentified car cut her off, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. Lyerly then swerved to avoid a collision, striking the concrete median and heading straight for the house.
The driver appeared to be shaken up and had minor injuries, according to the report. No one else was injured.
“We’re just grateful that she did not hit the tree or cars,” Nanney said.
Lyerly faces charges of driving while license suspended without knowledge and careless driving, according to the report.
The house, also known as the Helm-Nanney House where the Nanney family has lived in for 30 years, was built in 1908 and has been on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places since 2009. The three-story stone house is located along busy 53rd Avenue East.