BATAVIA, N.Y. (WIVB) - A high speed chase at breathtaking speeds ended when a pickuptruck crashed into a house in Batavia Monday afternoon.
This was the scene on South Main Street in Batavia. The driverof a pickup truck was leading police on a high speed chase when helost control and knifed into the house. This woman was waitingoutside for her daughter to come home from school and had to jumpout of the way.
Luz Castro said, "It caught my attention because who are theychasing. Then all of a sudden I saw the pickup truck and it wasjust erratic. It was just going straight and I saw it go straightfor the house. I had to move out of the way; I was standing rightthere."
The chase began on Route 33 near Reed Street when a GeneseeCounty Sheriff's deputy saw the driver speeding. He refused to pullover. Police had to use road spikes to flatten the tires, forcingthe driver to lose control.
Genesee County Sheriff's investigator Chris Kautz said, "Theydon't steer well. You can see the marks on the highway by the rimsof the vehicle."
The driver of the truck, 19-year-old Louis Reeb of Corfu, wasflown to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester by Mercy Flight. Hisinjuries are not life-threatening. Officers say it's a miraclenobody else was hurt.
"Very lucky I would say. Life is a matter of seconds and inches,ya know, lucky her child wasn't here and getting off the bus atthat moment," said Kautz.
Castro says the impact was so loud, it sounded like anexplosion.
Castro said, "I was on the phone with my sister and I was like,"Angela, oh my God! Oh my God!" "What is it?!" She could hear theboom."
Charges are pending against the driver once the investigation isover.
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