Car slides off road, narrowly misses house

2013-12-09T17:23:00Z 2013-12-09T21:44:29Z Car slides off road, narrowly misses houseStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
December 09, 2013 5:23 pm  • 

A LaPorte-area couple's outdoor Christmas decorations were left in shambles by way of a wayward motorist, but it's not dampening their holiday spirit.

Pat Seymour said she is glad no one was hurt.

"I think I feel rather lucky that he didn't hit the house," Seymour said.

Pat and her husband, Phillip, were watching TV on Sunday night at their home in the 4600 East block of County Road 200 South just east of LaPorte when they heard the crash.

They went outside and found their two 3-foot metal reindeer dressed in twinkling white lights twisted on the ground. A 3-foot tall artificial tree also with white lights in the front yard was just as bad

"They're lying in pieces in the yard," Pat Seymour said.

The couple also couldn't help but notice a 2002 Oldsmobile sitting in front of their garage and tire tracks just inches from their front step.

The driver, a 19-year-old LaPorte resident, told officers he wound up in the yard after losing control of the car, according to LaPorte County Sheriff's Department.

The road was slick from a light snow that fell throughout the day.

"He was shocked. He was very remorseful. He was very, very sorry," Pat Seymour said.

Water in the home was still flowing through their taps despite the broken well head.

Seymour said they had the Christmas decorations for years and they held sentimental value, but can be easily replaced.

"He could have hit our house. He could have went right next door into the neighbor's bedroom where their children sleep. We were very fortunate," she said.

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