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Aberdeen family reacts to car crashing into house

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Having a car run into your home is probably the least of a person's worries. That was the case for an Aberdeen family, until it happened to them.

"All you could hear was a 'bang.' The bed is probably 6 or 7 inches from the wall," Ashley Washengesic said about the impact. She and her daughter Sarai, 6, were in bed when the car crashed into their home around 10 p.m. Sunday night. Ashley heard some squealing tires out her window, so she checked to see what was going on. 

"I instantly got up and looked out the window to make sure and see what it was. All I could see was the headlights coming right at me," Ashley said. She grabbed Sarai from the bed, but before they could leave the room the car had hit the house. 

"I was pretty scared, and I didn't know what to do," Sarai said.

After the car hit the house, the driver kept going. He ran over Sarai's new swing set, and the car stopped when it ran into their neighbor's garage. The airbags in the car deployed. Sarai says she is pretty bummed about her swing set. It had an attached trampoline that the car completely demolished.
"My favorite part about my swing set was my trampoline. I really liked it until somebody decided to take a crash," Sarai said.

Though the family is still shocked about the accident, and they have to get a whole new foundation under their house, they realize it could have been a lot worse. The Washengesic's often have bonfires outside with friends. Ashley said they just had one the other night and a baby was in a stroller right where the car drove through.

The driver of the car was Travis L. Picotte, 30, of Aberdeen. He was arrested at the scene for drunken driving.



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