A car crashed through a family home in Portage Township, nearly plowing into a sleeping boy in his room, police reports and the boy's mother said.
Around 1 a.m. on Aug. 21, a vehicle struck a residential house at 411-1 Nantucket Road, driving right through 17-year-old Levi Shader's bedroom, trapping him in his bed, his mother said.
Andrea Shader was in the living room when she heard a huge crash that shook the entire house.
“It was unbelievably loud,” Andrea Shader said. “It jarred me from the couch. I thought an airplane hit my house. I had no idea what I was going to see when I went down the hall.”
She called for her husband, who was asleep, and ran to her son's room and forced the door open. Andrea Shader reported to the police that she saw the car in her son's room, and the driver looked awake and confused.
“Just his tail lights were sticking out of the house when he was done,” Andrea Shader said.
According to reports, Levi was only able to exit his room with the assistance of officers, but was not injured.
“The car was actually pushing up under the side of Levi's bed, so the bed was bent like a taco around him,” Andrea Shader said. “If he had gone two inches further he would have hit him. His night stand next to his bed was completely pulverized through the wall into the next room.”
According to the crash report, police cited alcohol as a factor in the crash. Austin Ackermann, 25, of Valparaiso, blew a .34 alcohol level at the scene, the report said.
Ackermann claimed that he was not driving, according to the incident report, and the person who was driving had fled from the scene. However, witnesses said that at the time of the crash, they only saw Ackermann in the vehicle, according to the police report.
Police said Ackermann was on Oxbow Road when he disregarded the stop sign at Nantucket Road, and struck the home.
No one was injured, however the same could not be said for the family's home. The Shaders are staying at a hotel with their pets until their housing situation can be resolved. Andrea Shader said half of her house will need to be torn down and rebuilt.
“The floor got shot back a good 8 feet. The foundation is ruined,” Andrea Shader said. “Everything in that part of the house is being held together by carpet right now.”
Andrea Shader said she is going to petition the county to put up a road block or partition in front of her home and houses like hers that are located at a “T” in the road.
“Where we are at, if you don't stop at the stop sign, you'd end up inside my house,” she said.
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