Looking at the Foundation

So We have had a little (understatement) excitement. Or should I call it catastrophe? Maybe disaster is a better descriptor. Any way you look at it, it was traumatic.

Sparky got a phone call at about 6:40 AM Wednesday. It was son#1 calling in a bit of panic. Well, maybe not exactly panic, it was more a state of shock and confusion. He had been awakened by a tremendous boom. The whole house seemed to shake and he thought (for an instant having been awakened from a sound sleep) that it was raining glass. Fortunately there was no glass. Unfortunately he had plaster chips raining on to his bed. At this point I have to make it clear we do NOT live in an area prone to earthquakes. By the time he had gathered his wits and his clothes, there was a pounding on the door and shouting that a car had just run into the house.

Yep. Some 30 year old had swerved first onto the lawn of the high school across the street from the boy’s house, and then veered across the road, up the curb, past the sidewalk, up the embankment, smacked the fence and rammed the house. He was unconsciousness and unresponsive. The first responders administered Narcan and he was transported to the hospital in serious condition. The house suffered serious damage as well. The car had to have been travelling at an excessive speed.

I had to go to work but Sparky went to the boy’s house lickity split. It was bad. Very bad. But it could have been worse.

Son#1 was sleeping on the other side of the room from where the car hit. He was shook up but uninjured. The fence, which is still half standing for now, slowed the car a touch so that it didn’t take out the whole wall. The driver is still alive. He missed the pedestrian walk signal, the light pole, the telephone pole, the fire hydrant, and ALL THE TREES. If he had hit the tree he probably would have been killed by the accident. As it is, if he dies it will be due to drug overdose…
If you want to read the news story and watch the hour long video of mostly police lights it is available on line at:
https://wsbt.com/news/local/breaking-car-crashes-into-building-on-lincolnway-east
So here are some of the photos:
 
The pictures above are of the outside of the house.
The red is the bottom of the bumper of the car as seen from the basement.

   
   
The photos above show the damage to the foundation. The entire front of the house was shifted. The pictures in the basement are the 2 opposite corners showing the displacement of the cement blocks. It is too early to tell but I think there are some major cracks in the basement walls which will result in some significant water leaking once we get a thaw!
           
These are the ceiling and wall cracks in son#1’s bedroom and the living room… not a fun thing to contemplate.

36 thoughts on “Looking at the Foundation

  1. Your mom posted a bit about it. I’m so glad the boys are OK! I hope they have good insurance on the house. It must have been very traumatic for you.

    Like

  2. Well I am betting the vehicle is not insured for this type of damage. Glad son is OK and makes it through the contractors and insurance stuff that will now take place.

    Like

    1. The insurance people should be able to figure it out. One way or another we are hoping the boys are going to have a place to stay – other than moving back in with us!!

      Like

    1. Their bathroom was just finished after Thanksgiving. So far it doesn’t appear that the bathroom sustained any damages but we are keeping an eye on the shower tile and the glass blocks in the window… As for the insurance we are hopeful that the insurance company will move quickly and go after the driver since there was absolutely no fault on the part of the home owners!

      Like

        1. Yes – there usually isn’t a big rush to pay out money by the insurance companies. In this case however the insurance company has been pretty responsive. I have my fingers crossed!

          Like

                    1. Or they open something and leave the wrapper on the counter. Make coffee but when they are finished leave grounds and leftover coffee in the pot. This is numerous Male family members

                      Like

                    2. Haha! Mine are unable to close a cupboard door or turn off any lights. They are like locust and will devour any and all opened packages of food. An unopened bag of chips is safe but as soon as it is opened it is gone! They are unable to find the recycling bin and just leave empty cans and cardboard boxes on the kitchen counter…

                      Like

  3. What a nightmare! Makes one consider planting a tree hedge around the perimeter of the street-side yard. Your son is the third person I know who has suffered this type of property damage.

    Like

    1. I don’t think a hedge would have stopped him as he was going awfully fast. He missed all the trees which is a miracle. Supposedly his parents signed an affidavit that he has a medical condition that causes him to black out. My question is how in tarnation was he able to get a driver’s license??

      Like

  4. So the driver was impaired? My sister had a seizure (presumably) while driving and wound up in a neighbor’s yard, completely unsure how she got there. Luckily she did not hit anything and was not hurt. She had her license revoked for 6 months while her doctors sorted out what happened. It seems like the driver’s auto insurance should pay the claim rather than your sons’ homeowner’s. In Ohio, “collision” insurance is required and it covers whatever you hit–another car, a telephone pole, a house–up to the limits of the policy. Of course, even if it costs them nothing, it’s still a huge inconvenience to deal with a hole in your house in mid-winter, move someplace else (if it’s unlivable), hire and supervise contractors, etc, etc, etc. Glad your sons are OK and handled things in a level-headed manner; I would have completely freaked out if I woke up to a crash and drywall falling on my head. 🙂

    Like

    1. The toxicology report is pending. His parents claim he has a medical condition that causes him to blackout. Which begs the question of how was he able to get a driver’s license? I’m hoping his license is revoked for the duration of his condition. We are waiting to hear how the adjusters figure the repairs and whether the house will be habitable during the repair period.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Yikes! That looks like serious damage to the foundation, which might necessitate rebuilding the whole house? I hope that auto liability insurance plus the boys’ comprehensive insurance covers the costs, but that’s only part of the damage that’s been done. I’m glad the boys weren’t hurt!

    Like

    1. I’m glad they are ok too! It could have been much worse. As it is we are waiting for the insurance company to decide how bad it is and to what extent the repairs will necessitate their relocation…

      Like

  6. Oh my goodness! I saw one photo that Sparky posted. (Krysten is sitting nearby and says she saw several photos he posted, so I need to go fix my FB settings so I see more of Sparky’s posts!) I had no idea the damage was so bad! I wondered the same thing as mrswrangler about the bathroom remodel. I also worried the same thing as Janet about the extent of the damage. So glad Son #1 was across the room, and the car didn’t take down the entire wall! Keep me posted… I think I know who is going to be dealing with insurance companies and contractors. 😦

    Liked by 1 person

      1. I watched about 30 minutes of the livestream video and saw Sparky and Son #1 come out and take photos. The driver’s family is leaving comments that he had a heart attack and that he has a history of heart problems. According to one family member who posted, he is in a medically induced coma.

        Like

        1. I’m hoping he lives. That may be the only way to find out what really happened. Of course if it wasn’t a heart attack the parents have opened themselves to all kinds of legal problems… I just hope the house is able to be fixed and the boys have a place to live (other than our house)! We have no info directly – everything is through the media…

          Like

  7. I am sorry to read this . Fortunately they are no injured people but the house looks seriously damaged.This recall my neighbors ( deceased since then ) who got a truck in their lounge. What a shock ! They were not in their lounge but in their house in the back. . They were aged and I fear this shock shortened their life
    All of my encouragements for all of your family, Val
    Love ❤
    Michel

    Like

    1. Thanks Michel! The driver of the car is still in the hospital in serious condition. We are hoping he is able to soon shed some light on the why and how of the accident. We are holding up well and the boys are making preparations for the repairs.

      Like

  8. Goodness gracious!!! That is unreal. I hope Son #! doesn’t suffer any emotional side effects. So glad he’s okay. I’m hoping the driver is okay and can get the help he needs for his addiction. I also hope and pray the repairs aren’t a s bad as they seem or too difficult.

    Like

    1. The news is saying he isn’t a druggie – has a medical condition that can cause him to blackout… toxicology pending. Son#1 seems unfazed. He is a pretty chill dude and doesn’t get too worked up about most things. (unless you try to take his last piece of pizza!)

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s