Stolen SUV goes airborne, lands on roof of home

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Police said a juvenile male was ejected from a stolen vehicle after crashing it into a southwest Atlanta home early Tuesday morning.

The wreck happened on Maxwell Drive shortly before 7 a.m.

Atlanta police said a teenager was behind the wheel of the stolen SUV and was barreling down Maxwell Drive. The driver lost control, crashed through a metal fence, knocked down some power lines, took out part of a tree, went flying through the air and landed on the house. Police said the driver was thrown from the vehicle.

“All I could hear was a loud screeching from how fast the car was going, and I could see sparks flying from the power line,” said Johnathan Williams, who lives two doors down.

Williams said he ran out of his house to see what was going on. He saw the young driver on the ground about ten feet from the home and called 911. Medics rushed the teen to Grady Memorial Hospital where police said he was in grave condition Tuesday evening.

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Police said the SUV was reported stolen early Tuesday morning from a gas station about a mile away. Investigators have not determined if the driver was involved in the theft.

The woman who lives in the house was not home at the time and no one else was hurt. Police said that's remarkable since the crash happened about the time adults were heading to work and kids were heading to school.

"It happened early in the morning, and it really is a good thing no children or anyone else who was out here at the time of the accident were hurt," said Atlanta Police Lt. Dorian Graham.