October 22, 2014

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Car crashes into house, narrowly missing child

Elyria Township firefighters on the scene where a car crashed into a house on Lake Avenue in Elyria Township. The vehicle lost control after going off the road and hit the house. Nobody was injured in the accident. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Elyria Township firefighters on the scene where a car crashed into a house on Lake Avenue in Elyria Township. The vehicle lost control after going off the road and hit the house. Nobody was injured in the accident. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Wanda Ledyard found herself 10 feet from tragedy Monday when a car crashed into her home, narrowly missing her 1-year-old granddaughter.

“I’ve never experienced anything like that before,” Ledyard said.

About 1 p.m,. a man crashed his car into the north side of her house at 6219 Lake Ave., stopping just feet from where Ledyard was playing with her granddaughter in the living room.

The driver, James Prosowski, 32, told sheriff’s deputies that he was driving southbound on Lake Avenue and hit a snow bank on the right side of the road. When he overcorrected and veered left, he drove off the road and hit the house, according to Deputy John Steenstra.

Steenstra said Prosowski was going about 50 mph. Another man and a child were in the car. None of the three was injured.

The Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene with help from Ohio Highway Patrol troopers. The driver passed field sobriety tests. Deputies believe the driver had taken prescription medication before the crash, according to Steenstra.

Steenstra said Prosowski was charged after the accident, but he did not indicate what charge was filed.

For Ledyard, the shock of the crash — and what she almost lost — was overwhelming.

“I thought it could have been a tornado. I looked up and realized we didn’t have a corner on our house,” she said. She added that if she and her granddaughter had been on the other side of the room, or even a few feet from where they were playing, the crash could have been deadly.

“God was with us today,” she said.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.