A drunk driver crashed into a home just a few feet away from a 17-month-old child. It happened Thursday night near 91st and Sheridan. According to the police report, the driver, 42-year-old Angela Meyers is facing a charge of driving under the influence. The family that lives in the home Meyers crashed into is shocked that this happened.
"It's the last place that I would think that you would have to worry about a drunk driver," says Keerston Harrington.
Harrington put her 17-month-old baby to sleep inside her room and within five minutes of her shutting the door, Harrington heard a loud crash and knew something had hit their home. She says she walked outside to see a car inside her daughters room. The car took out a big tree and a bush before hitting the side of the house, which was covered in rock. Harrington says that rock slowed the car and probably saved her daughters life.
"My daughter was standing in her crib with her arms stretched out for me to pick her up. She wasn't crying or anything thank goodness. But I have never been so scared in my life," says Harrington.
Meyers is out on bond and Harrington is not happy she got out so quickly.
"To find out that she was released this morning at 4 a.m. and if she has no priors to my understanding it's just a misdemeanor. So, it's just a slap on the wrist and saying hey you have another chance to do this and possibly kill someone," says Harrington.
Just five months ago, Harrington's mother was hit head-on by a drunk driver and on life support for six days. Since drunk drivers have now hit the Harrington family twice, she wants to see the DUI laws changed.
"I'm not a big fan of second chances when it comes to things like this because it seems like every time I turn around someone is given a second chance and it's the second chance that they either kill themselves or take the life of someone else we just need stricter laws," says Harrington.
Harrington says she never thought this would happen and is so thankful it was only property damage.
"Just a few inches this way or if bedtime was prolonged even five minutes, we would have been in the rocking chair at story time and we both would have been badly injured," says Harrington.