If there is one place where we’d like to feel safe, it is in our homes. Imagine the shock to one Massachusetts couple when a pickup truck barreled through their residence one recent night.
What’s worse, the crash caused a fire that leveled the home and destroyed everything in it. Now the young driver faces criminal charges and could also face a personal injury lawsuit.
The Boston Globe reported that last week in Wareham, Massachusetts, located south of Boston, a pickup truck driven by a 17-year-old male crashed into a home at about 9:30 p.m. According to local police, the impact moved the house about seven feet off of its foundation, and caused a fire after possibly tearing the gas lines loose.
Luckily, the homeowner and his wife, who were in the home at the time of the accident, escaped uninjured.
When police arrived, the pickup’s two female passengers were waiting outside of the vehicle while the driver remained trapped inside. The young man had to be extricated by firefighters. One of the females suffered serious injuries and had to be taken by Medflight to a Boston hospital for treatment.
It is suspected that the driver, who likely avoided serious injuries, had been drinking prior to the accident. Police said he will likely face charges including operating under the influence resulting in serious bodily injury, and negligent operation.
In addition to criminal charges, the young man could also face a personal injury suit brought by the passenger injured in the accident. Finally, if the homeowners’ property insurance does not cover the damage done to the house, the homeowners could also sue the man for property damage.
Because the young man is 17-year-old and the crimes are somewhat serious, it is possible that he will be treated as an adult in criminal court, which would allow him to face stricter penalties.
Ultimately, this story should serve as a reminder to young people how dangerous driving after drinking can be, and how serious the consequences are.
Source: Boston Globe, “House leveled by fire after truck crash,” Martin Finucane, 3/26/2011.