BREA ( — Two apartments were damaged, with one red-tagged, after the driver of an SUV fell asleep and slammed into the building early Saturday morning, according to Brea police.

By daybreak, workers were assessing the damage at the apartment building in the 300 block of State College Boulevard.

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KCAL9’s Joy Benedict spoke to a couple who live in the unit that was declared unsafe following the 4 a.m. crash. They said were asleep upstairs when the crash occurred, and did not hear it, although they are often awake by that hour on a Saturday, and might have been in the living room in the case.

“We didn’t hear anything, and I came downstairs and it was completely damaged, ” said Atef Botros. “Most of the SUV was inside the house.”

“I am blessed from God, and he kept us calm,” said Violet Botros. “Thank God.”

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In addition to trying to figure out how to repair the damage, the apartment complex’s owners are trying to find a place for the couple to stay. Another unit also sustained damage, but was declared safe to inhabit.

Brea police said the female driver of the SUV was not under the influence when the crash occurred, and determined it to be an accident. She was not cited.


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