Caught on camera: Car smashes into Okolona home


by Chelsea Rabideau

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 12:47 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 30 at 7:21 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A car careened into and Okolona home Tuesday night and it was all caught on a neighbor's surveillance camera.

Police said a teenager was arrested and charged with reckless driving after the crash that happened just before 9:30 p.m. Residents said it’s a constant problem in the neighborhood, out of control drivers damaging property and putting lives at risk.

People living on Oldshire Road in said they have become unfortunately accustomed to this sort of thing. In fact, the neighbor who caught the crash on surveillance cameras said he installed equipment after someone plowed into the back of his car, which was parked in his driveway.

The video shows the teen's car sitting at a stop sign and the driver sits stopped for several minutes while someone gets into the car, then the car starts rolling around the corner, veers off the road, narrowly misses a tree, and slams into the house.

Cindy Messer was on the couch watching TV when the car slammed into the room she was sitting in, shattering the glass storm door.

“The glass went everywhere but on me,” she said.

Her husband, Richard, was in the basement.

“All of the sudden, I heard a big bang noise and a woosh,” he said, “I knew it was water.”

The car burst a water line in the house.

“When I turned the water line off, the car loped backwards and a 2x4 hit me in the head,” Richard said.

The rest, he said, was a blur.

“The driver was apologizing, saying, ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry, it’s a horrible accident!’” Richard said.

The Messers said accidents like these are becoming too common in this neighborhood. Drivers ignore the speed limits.

“They think this is a highway, seriously,” Cindy said.

They and their neighbors blame a theater built at the end of their road about five years ago.

“We’ve lived here for 18 years. It used to be blocked off right here, when the cinema came along, it’s bad,” Cindy said.

Their dead end road was opened to thru traffic after the theater opened.

The Messers said they admit development is part of city living, but they’re done with this neighborhood.

“I’m ready to go,” Richard said.

Cindy agreed.

“Yeah, it’s not safe. We’ve been here 18 years and it’s not safe,” she said.

Richard was treated at the hospital for whiplash and a knot on his head. He said the driver of the car told police he accidentally pressed on the accelerator. The driver did not have insurance. The Messer’s insurance company said it’s going to be very costly to fix their house, which was damaged down to the foundation.