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Vehicle crashes into house - again


A Sunday afternoon watching the Colts game came to a crashing end when a sport utility vehicle smashed into a family's living room. 

It happened around 3:30 Sunday afternoon at the corner of Jackson Street and South Warman Avenue, just west of downtown.

The neatly decorated Christmas tree is still standing in the McCall's living room.  "That's where it was," explained Tim McCall. "I don't think it's moved.  It's tilted just a bit."  

Amazing considering what happened here. 

"Unfortunately, we had a target on the house today," said McCall, still visibly shaken. 

As he and his wife, Leigh, watched the Colts game, they heard brakes screeching, then, "It felt like an explosion--it felt like an explosion.  And there was glass and stuff flying everywhere."  Tim and Leigh McCall said. 

The SUV came right through their living room wall.  

"This time I thought she was dead, five inches away from it.  I had no idea how something didn't hit her.  She was sitting just on the other side of the wall there." Said Tim McCall. 

Note that McCall said "this time" because it's happened before.  Three times cars have hit their home. Three times their own cars have been totaled by others crashing into them.  The fire hydrant's been hit. So has the utility pole.  This summer, their neighbor's house was struck.  All at the very same intersection of Jackson and Warman.  

"Every single accident has happened because they've come flying across the railroad tracks, headed north, and lose control when they come down. They go airborne over the tracks because of the hill," said Tim McCall

13 Investigates has found that over the past decade, on average, every week, four buildings are struck by vehicles in Indianapolis. 

And police say, there's generally one reason:

"Speed," said IMPD crash investigator Sargent Doug Heustis during an interview this summer. "I think a lot of people don't appreciate just how quickly they can lose control of their vehicle and how much damage they can do with a speeding vehicle."

Speed, the driver of Sunday's crash told firefighters, was the reason she lost control and slammed into the McCall's home.  

And they say despite nearly a dozen crashes at or near their home, they are staying put. 

"If we can fix the house we plan on staying."

The McCalls think a stop sign near those railroad tracks might prevent future accidents.  They've already contacted their City-County Councillor and State Representative to try to make some changes in the area.

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