PEMBROKE, N.Y. (WIVB) - The Swendsen family is still stunned and shaken after an SUV plowed through the front of their Pembroke home, leaving their kitchen and dining room in shambles.
A tarp now covers the gaping hole in their home, shielding what remains from wind and rain. Peter Swendsen saw it unfold as the speeding SUV whizzed past him Tuesday nigh
"I just can't believe all the devastation. It happened so fast," he said. "Yesterday we had a house and a kitchen here. Today we have all this work."
The driver of the SUV, 34-year-old Jason Purdy, was traveling down Marble Road before he crossed the Akron Road intersection without stopping and continued up the home's driveway, traveling nearly a mile before smashing through the house and landing in the backyard.
"I expected him to rear end this vehicle here and when he went through the house...I mean, he could have gone to the other side of that vehicle and possibly hit me," Peter said. "He came up the driveway about 100 miles an hour or better and I thought he was going to hit the car parked here in the driveway. And I said, 'This guy isn't going to stop.' And I saw the house explode. He went right through the house and his this stump in our backyard and the car was sitting sideways and he was still trying to go. He had his foot on the pedal."
The SUV could have also hit his son, Caleb, who was cooking in the kitchen moments before the crash. Lynette Swendsen called for help while Peter came out and took the keys from Purdy, whose foot was still on the pedal. Peter says Purdy tried to leave the scene on foot, but he held him until authorities arrived.
Watch the crash was terrifying, but the family came outside and saw red splattered across their house and feared someone had been thrown from the car in the crash.
"I really didn't know what had happened, but i knew...it just looked devastating to me," Lynette said.
There was a car seat in the back of the SUV, but no one else was inside except for Purdy. It turns out the mess on the house was made from jars of homemade jellies that exploded when the car hit the house.
Lynette said, "My antique jelly cupboard was full of jelly. It's all gone, but I have more strawberries in the freezer so I'll just make more. It'll be fine. I'm just so thankful that no one was hurt."
"We can replace wood and we can replace jelly, but like I said, nobody got hurt and that's the main thing," Peter added.
This isn't the only calamity to recently befall the Swensens, who had a barn burn to the ground last year. But the family won't let it bring them down.
"It's just been one thing after another lately, but we'll roll with the flow," Peter said. "You can't keep crying over milk spilled, so pick up and keep moving."
Peter says his family, like many farmers, stays optimistic through their faith in God.
Purdy was taken to ECMC, where he was treated and released. Charges are pending.
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