Home hit by car... twice!

November 14, 2008 5:08:47 PM PST
It's bad enough to have a car crash into your home once... But for one family in Newark, Delaware - it's happened twice!

The home, on the 600 block of Corner Ketch Road, was hit the first time two years ago by a drunk driver. At that time, 81-year-old Ruth McClean was in her bedroom, reading her bible.

"I was in bed, all of a sudden all I heard was this crashing of glass and the flashes of lights," McClean said.

John Smock describes the impact Thursday night.

"I felt a shaking in the house, and I thought there was a remote possibility the house was hit again."

McClean's house was condemned the first time, and it has been condemned again. That means moving into a motel and then to a relative's house, like she did before.

Last August, McClean was returned to her repaired home, with a caregiver, who then moved into her old bedroom.

Speeding vehicles have long been a hazard on Corner Ketch Road, along with a stop sign that drivers often ignore.

Police believe wet roads were also a factor Thursday night. The man who crashed into the house was cited with careless driving.

Fortunately, the family van was parked in front of the house, and it took some of the impact. Had it not been there, police say the outcome could have been much worse.

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