Teen recovering after SUV plows into home

16-year-old Paige Brucker is still at Methodist Hospital after Monday's accident.
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The parents of an Indianapolis teenager injured by a car that ran into her home talked with EyeWitness News about her serious injuries.

16-year-old Paige Brucker is still at Methodist hospital after Monday's accident. 

Mother Kristina Brucker told Eyewitness News, "We kept telling her to keep her eyes closed after the crash. So much glass in her face. There was so much blood and the insulation from the home was all over her body. The walls just fell in." 

The teen has 30 stitches on her face, several broken ribs, and a giant cut on her left thigh.

Police told Eyewitness News that 21-year old Devon Sylvester was high on drugs when he crashed his SUV into the Brucker's home off North Drexel Avenue Monday night. 

Scott Brucker described what happened moments after the car ran into the side of the family's home. "The thing was still running. His foot was on the accelerator. It was revving. So, I got in the car and turned it off."

The 21-year-old driver apparently told police he "did a line of cocaine and heroin" when he slammed into the home and hit the Brebeuf Jesuit sophomore. Paige Brucker was getting ready to use her computer before for bed. 

Scott Brucker said, "I was so mad this guy drove his car into my house. I wanted to kill him, but that's not the right thing to do. There was no reason for it."

Paige Brucker is gaining strength through physical therapy, and her parents also said has an unwavering positive attitude: "I'm like, you know what Paige, stop. Someone came into your house and attacked you with his car. You didn't do anything," said mother Kristina. 

Her parents are cautioning others to make better decisions: "The physical trauma and suffering is more than any child should go through. Much less because someone wanted to get high and drive. Nothing can make it better. Nothing can get their life back to the days before."

Paige Brucker may get to leave the hospital by the end of the week. The family isn't sure where they plan to stay while their home is being fixed. 

21-year-old Devon Sylvester from Zionsville has a theft conviction on his record.