November 27, 2014

Elyria
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Woman uninjured when car drives into house


ELYRIA – Rita Humelsine went out Friday for a hair appointment and some bananas but ended up taking a detour into the back of an Elyria home.

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Elyria firefighters look through debris after a car struck a home Friday in Elyria.

The 75-year-old Elyria woman was pulling out of the Apples grocery store parking lot about 2 p.m. when her Nissan Altima slowly drifted into oncoming traffic on Abbe Road.

When she pressed harder on what she thought was the brake, she said, the real trouble began.

“I put on the brakes, but I kept moving,” she said. “I pushed my foot down a little harder, and the next thing I knew I was in this house.”

Humelsine clipped a Cadillac, jumped a curb across the street at the FirstMerit Bank and narrowly skidded between two trees before slamming into the rear of a home on Bon Air Avenue.

The two elderly women at the home were in the living room with their two dogs when they heard a giant boom from the kitchen and laundry area, according to Elyria fire Capt. Dave Igneczi.

“One of the occupants was thinking about going into the kitchen to make lunch when they heard the crash,” he said. “They had just had their furnace worked on and thought that it had exploded.”

When the residents looked into the kitchen, all they could see was debris, Igneczi said. They couldn`t see Humelsine`s vehicle in which she was trapped.

Elyria firefighters arrived to find natural gas leaking into the home and live electrical wires exposed.

They found the shutoffs, and Humelsine was helped out through the rear door of her vehicle, escaping without a scratch.

The driver of the Cadillac, whose name was unavailable, received minor injuries and was transported to EMH Regional Medical Center in Elyria.

The two occupants of the home were a little “shook up,” but otherwise uninjured, Igneczi said. They went to stay at a nearby relative`s home and couldn`t be reached for comment.

Humelsine said she hoped her first accident would be her last.

“(I was) scared,” she said. “I`ve never had a ticket, never even an accident until now.”

Contact Stephen Szucs at 336-4016 or sszucs@chroniclet.com.