PEMBROKE, N.Y. (WIVB) - Deputies say alcohol may be a factor in a crash in Genesee County where a man drove into the dining room of a home on Akron Road in the Town of Pembroke.
The Genesee County Sheriff's Office was initially called to Marble Road around 7 p.m. on Tuesday on reports of a man stopped in his vehicle who appeared intoxicated.
Authorities arrived on scene and say 34-year-old Jason Purdy had hit a road sign while driving down Marble Road, but continued on and crossed Akron Road before traveling up a 200 yard driveway, at the end of which he smashed into the dining room of a home.
Peter Swendsen says he was bringing his cows in, when he saw the car come flying up their driveway on Akron Road. His wife Lynette was inside on the phone and their son was making some eggs.
Peter says had he not come out and taken Purdy's car keys away and prevented Purdy from leaving until authorities arrived, Purdy would have tried to flee the scene.
"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," Peter said.
Though the house sustained extensive damage, neither Swendsen, his wife or his children were injured in the accident. At the time of the crash Peter's 19-year-old son was making eggs inside the home and his wife Lynette was on the phone.
Lynette described the scene saying, “It sounded like the worst explosion you'll ever hear in your life.”
Lynette added, “Our jelly cupboard is gone. We do all of our own, he just completely set us back.”
Produce and homemade jellies the family relies on to make a living were destroyed, but the Pembroke residents say they're just thankful this morning to be alive.
Purdy suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to ECMC.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Office’s John Szumigala said, “Everybody is very lucky there was no one in the room that was completely demolished by the impact of the car.”
Lynette says when she went over to the 34-year-old driver and he apologized. She's not mad at him, just thankful her family is okay.
Lynette said, “I just started praying and screaming at him. Just kept saying he was so sorry.”
The crash remains under investigation and so far deputies have not placed charges against Purdy. Deputies say they believe alcohol was a contributing factor in the accident.
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