Man speeding down road hydroplanes, crashes into auto dealership

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SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) - A man speeding down Texoma Parkway night crashed into a local car dealership, and the moments right before the crash were captured on video.

Witnesses tell us a man was flying down on Texoma Parkway--they estimate around 80 miles per hour-- when he lost control in the rain, and crashed into a several poles at the Utter Family Bargain Center, damaging four cars, and causing thousands of dollars in damage.

That man is expected to survive.

Kent Flanagan and his wife headed to dinner around 8 Wednesday night after their power went out from the storms.

"Going down Texoma Parkway and a car almost didn't stop for a red light."

That's when Flanagan, who owns Flanagan's power sports, started paying closer attention to the black sedan in front of them.

"The next red light he did not stop he continued south down Texoma Parkway," said Flanagan.

In the dealership's surveillance video you can see the car moments before police say he hydroplaned, hit this light pole, a fire hydrant and two utility poles and damaged four of the dealership's vehicles.

"We came up to him where the cars had been demolished and light pole knocked down and driver ejected from the car."

Flanagan says he saw the driver on the ground about 100 feet from the car.

"Eyewitnesses say anywhere from over 80 to 90 miles an hour."

Service Manager David Pryor checked out the damage Thursday as crews worked to haul off the light pole.

"It'll probably be somewhere around $10,000 to $15,000 of damage," Pryor said.

Pryor said he's worked at Bob Utter for 36 years and has never seen anything like this.

"It's the first time we've had somebody come off the road and damage cars like that."

Nobody else was hurt. Police say the driver was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive.

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