Family wants action after car crashes into home - WNEM TV 5

Family wants action after car crashes into home

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A Mid-Michigan family’s home was severely damaged when a car slammed into it.

The family said it’s not the first time this has happened in their neighborhood.

“I thought a water heater or something had blown up,” said Kelly Nelson, homeowner. “It knocked me out of my bed.”

Nelson was with his wife, two kids, elderly father-in-law and four pets sleeping inside their mobile home in Mt. Morris when a car plowed into their home.

“We were scared to death. I couldn’t get out of the house. All of the doors were jammed because it moved the house a few feet,” Nelson said.

His surveillance system captured the entire thing on video. In the video, you can see the headlights of the car speed around the corner, which is marked with a stop sign. The car leaves the road and slams into the front of the home and ended up jammed under the weight of the building.

The driver was severely injured.

Nelson said police estimated the driver was going between 60 and 70 miles per hour on a 15 mile per hour road.

No one in Nelson’s family was injured, but the crash left one heck of a mess.

“Our porch is obviously gone. We have floors buckled, dry wall broken, cabinets knocked off the walls,” Nelson said.

Nelson said they have called police several times about the dangerous road.

“We had them out here just two weeks ago for the same thing. They told us there was nothing they could do about it. We told them two weeks ago someone’s gonna get killed,” Nelson said.

You can see police on Nelson’s surveillance video on April 7.

Nelson also complained to the owner of the mobile home park because he had another driver smash into a trailer in front of his home last year because of speed.

His nerves have taken on a whole new level when he thinks of the playground that’s located just feet from his home.

“We’ve expected it to be a child walking down the street,” Nelson said.

TV5 took the tough questions to the Genesee Township Police Department, but have not received any answers.

Nelson said he has noticed a difference since the crash.

“Since this happened the police have stepped up patrols in here,” he said.

However, Nelson wants to see a permanent change so this never happens again.

“Maybe the park can install some speed bumps or something down through here to help,” Nelson said.

He said his sick and elderly father-in-law now has to live in a rehab center because he can’t get in and out of the home without his handicapped ramp that was blown off in the crash.

It is just one of the many things the family is dealing with in addition to thousands of dollars of damage. A GoFundMe page has been created to help.

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