The yard of a South Sacramento home was left a mess after a car barreled into a house, just feet from sleeping children Monday morning.
But what should have been a key piece of evidence left at the scene is raising more questions than answers.
"If he would have swerved over a little bit more, he would have went right through the bedroom, through the middle and hit both of their bedrooms right where they were sleeping," said Juanita Pasols, who lives in the home. "I could have lost my children."
Sacramento police said the crash happened just after 5:30 a.m. Monday on the 4700 block of Brookfield Drive.
Skid marks are evident where the driver left the roadway, hit the fence, then smashed into the home causing substantial damage.
Moments later, witnesses said the driver sped off, dropping car parts as they left the scene.
Kareem Hightower's family owns the home and is renting it to the Pasols. He came out to survey the damage.
"It's just devastating to our family for something like this to happen," Hightower said.
In the wreckage next to the house, Hightower found a license plate he hoped would lead to the person responsible.
But Sacramento police said the plate doesn't match the car, and they don't have any leads.
"Structural damage to the home -- there is a huge hole right here, and we have tenants here. Thing is, we are going to have to come out of our pocket anywhere from $10,000 to how many thousands of dollars just to fix this problem," Hightower said.
"Right now, it's just a big safety issue 'cause he tore down the garage. It won't go down," Pasols said.