FORT MYERS, Fla. -- WINK News is learning more about the victims of a tragic Easter Sunday service. A woman drove a car through their church.
The impact injured almost two dozen. Victims tell WINK News the car crashed into the church in the blink of an eye, and the 200 people inside no time to react.
While churchgoers continue to recover, they say it's a miracle no one was killed.
"It was just unbelievable.? At first I thought it was the ceiling that just went down. And then, I thought it was like an earthquake," said Shooby Joseph.
The cut on the back of Joseph's head is a small reminder of a truly terrifying night. The evening Easter service at Second Haitian Baptist Church turned into a nightmare.
"You would never expect a car to just go inside a church. And run through the church you know?" he said.?
The car slammed into almost 2 dozen people. It pinned his father to the ground? and cracked his ribs.
"But some people tried to get the car up. The strong men, and then other people tried to get people," said Joseph's mother.
"I think the breaks and benches, that what stopped the car. And people. From going to the other side of church. There was a lady under the car so, they had trying to do what they could to lift up the car to save that person," Joseph said.
As for the driver, this family says, they forgive her. "No hard feelings because you know I don't think anybody in their right mind would run into a church," Joseph said.
One father says the car hit him and threw him across the room, nocking him out.
"I opened my eyes and I saw my son, you know, holding me on my left side and he said you almost died. A car hit you," said Michlet Joseph.
???? RIGHT NOW (INSERT THE LATEST NUMBER--IT WAS 7 AT 11) PEOPLE ARE STILL IN THE HOSPITAL--
Lee Memorial Health System spokeswoman said 7 people remain hospitalized, in good or fair condition.
???? AFTER A CAR SMASHED THROUGH THE WALL OF SECOND HAITIAN BAPTIST CHURCH IN FORT MYERS.
???? THAT'S JUST OFF WINKLER AVENUE-- ONLY BLOCKS AWAY FROM THE "EDISON MALL".
??? IT HAPPENED SUNDAY EVENING--AND SENT 18-PEOPLE TO THE HOSPITAL.
???? ONE FATHER SAYS--
???? *GOD IS THE REASON HE'S ALIVE-- AFTER THE TERRIFYING CRASH.
OUTCUE: IT WAS BAD
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I opened my eyes and I saw my son, you know, holding me on my left side and he said you almost died. A car hit you.>
His whole head side was changed completely, his head went hack like this. it was bad.>
???? THE DRIVER SAYS SHE LOST CONTROL OF THE CAR WHEN THE BRAKES MALFUNCTIONED.
???? FORT MYERS POLICE SAYS IT APPEARS TO BE AN ACCIDENT AND ARE NOT CRIMINALLY INVESTIGATING.