CHAMPION, Ohio (WKBN) – An SUV came crashing through a Champion house into a baby’s nursery Tuesday morning after the driver had an apparent medical emergency.
The Champion Township Fire Department was called out to the Alva Avenue home around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. The department said the SUV caused major damage to the front of the home, nearly 120 yards off the closest road.
That home is where a Champion firefighter, his wife and newborn baby live and on Wednesday, they were counting their blessings.
“Somebody upstairs was watching over us yesterday, so that’s for sure,” Jonathan Massett said. “It was just weird the way that it happened. A lot of people say there was a guardian angel there and there is a reason, because she was not in the room at the time that it happened.”
Massett, fresh off his shift at the fire department, was with his wife in the living room, holding his 11-week-old baby girl, Macie. They heard a loud boom when the SUV slammed into her nursery.
“That’s the scary part, that’s the whole shock part, is she literally said, ‘The baby needs changed, why don’t you hold her before you get in the shower so you can spend some time with her?’ And she did not even turn around to sit back down,” he said.
Firefighters say it appears the driver, an elderly woman, suffered from a medical emergency before the crash. Officials believe she traveled straight from Clearview Drive, hit a ditch and went across a yard into the house.
“She traveled quite a bit of distance to come where she was here, to hit quite a distance, quite a speed, I would be guessing,” Massett said.
Fire Capt. Tom Dempsey called it a freak accident that could have been a lot worse.
Massett says it appears the damage can be fixed, but the crash isn’t something he’ll soon forget.
“You’re just cautious, you’re thankful everybody’s okay and it’s always in the back of your mind,” he said.
The driver was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.