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May 09, 2006

Latest octogenarian's excellent adventure

Well, it's been a while since our last octogenarian's excellent adventure (here and here), but today, we'll just have to do with a 79-year-old's excellent adventure. Round up the age a bit, and there you are.

It happened in Indiana.

Monday afternoon 79-year-old Cathryn Kasuba lost control of her car and drove all the way through a house. It happened in a subdivision off 96th Street in north east Marion County.

Officials say Kasuba left the road about a 100 yards away, drove through five or six of the yards in the Charter Pointe subdivision and ran straight into the side of a house.

It was a bizarre scene in a quiet neighborhood. Neighbors looked on, and even took pictures, as crews cleaned up the mess.

"It's pretty unbelievable to see a car go clean through a house like that," neighbor Bob Chandler said.

It happened just after 4:30 p.m. Officials say the car slammed into the side of the house, went all the way through and left through the front garage door.
You really have to check out the link, because there are photos and everything. And this earnest commentary from the division chief of the fire department:
"Probably 20 or 30 miles an hour would get you through the house. The car obviously had momentum and it wasn't necessarily the speed. It carried that momentum and continued without applying the brakes," James King, Division Chief of the Lawrence Fire Department, said.

King says the car then took a sharp left and slammed straight into a tree.
The driver was disoriented and thought her husband had been driving. (How come we always get blamed for bad driving, huh?)

And we close with this, from Chief King:
"Fortunately there were no other injuries, other than the driver of the vehicle. Running through a neighborhood such as this and running through a house without any other injuries is miraculous," King said.
That's going to be our line of the day: "running through a house without any other injuries is miraculous."

(via Fark)