An Omaha woman has an incredible story of survival to tell after an SUV crashed through her home near 66th Avenue and Lake Street Friday morning.
Brooke Sutton was sleeping when the vehicle came crashing through.
On Monday, her family issued a statement: “Brooke is recovering at Creighton University Medical Center. She suffered multiple injuries including a broken shoulder, fractured ribs, injured foot, crushed vertebrae and internal bleeding. She continues to remain on bed rest while her injuries are monitored. Although she is improving she will have a long road of recovery ahead including surgery and physical therapy. We continue to receive calls and well wishes from all of the people that care about Brooke. We appreciate the thoughts and prayers you have and continue to send our way.”
"I was awakened at about three o'clock in the morning to what sounded like an explosion and my wife and I ran to the window and saw a Trailblazer in our back yard," said neighbor Chris Joneson. "I told her to call 911. I ran out here and saw Brooke, our neighbor, crawling out from beneath her mattress and rubble with her dog. She had some blood on her leg and her neck and she looked pretty terrified."
The Chevrolet Trailblazer rammed its way through the entire house and ended up in the back yard. Before crashing into the house the SUV hit several cars parked on the street.
Neighbors spent Friday morning cleaning up the mess left by the accident. Brandon Wall lost two vehicles. “Then they came and took our car and our van and it happens my wife is due, she was due yesterday with our third child, so now we're trying to figure out how we're gonna get her to the hospital when she goes.”
The driver, 21-year-old Paul Mosher, was arrested for driving under the influence, reckless driving, refusing to take a DUI test and having a collision with fixed object.
“Definitely intoxicated from what I could tell and didn't seem to really care too much about Brooke and her well being, was more concerned whether I had made a call to the cops or not," said Joneson. "Told him he’s lucky to be alive.”
The house is now closed off because it’s too dangerous to live in. Structural engineers will have to determine if the home can be repaired.