Student driver plows into house, 2 women hospitalized

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PHOENIX -- An elderly woman is in serious condition after a 20-year-old man learning how to drive plowed into her home Saturday afternoon.

The man and his 19-year-old girlfriend were heading northbound on 19th Avenue, just south of Roeser Road. Police said he crossed oncoming lanes of traffic, went over a concrete divide separating the access road and drove straight into a home.

The car tore a 20-foot hole in the front of the house.

Two women, a 78-year-old and her 26-year-old caregiver, were inside the kitchen at the time.

Fire officials said they found the elderly woman underneath a pile of rubble.

"Blew the whole wall out and blew all that heavy block material and rebar-- heavy heavy chunks up to 100, 150 pounds on top of them," said Jonathan Jacobs with the Phoenix Fire Department.

The elderly woman was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

Both people in the car were unhurt.

Phoenix police say they don't believe alcohol was a factor in the crash, but speed may have contributed to the incident.

Mike Burrell said his family lives just a few doors down and they have never really felt safe living on the busy street. Now, they feel even more uneasy.

"You got this little median over here, but it doesn't really do much," he said. "With traffic speeding through it's like a little bump in the road."