A house in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, was hit by a car for the seventh time, just before an open house.
On Sunday morning around 3:00 am, a Kalamazoo man was fleeing police after failing to yield at a routine traffic stop. The speeding driver lost control of his vehicle, hopped the curb, and went airborne before crashing into a home. Inside was a family of 5 who were unhurt in the accident.
It's surprising, yet not surprising. This home is for sale after already being previously hit by cars six times since 2005. In fact, the family had gone so far as to put boulders and big rocks in their front lawn to safeguard against further accidents. The car involved in Sunday's accident sailed over them. Sgt. Scott Jackson of Kalamazoo Township Police told WOOD TV:
"The rocks that are currently there in front of the home from my understanding are actually the second set from a series of rocks that have been placed there because the first ones weren't big enough, so the third accident when it occurred and the rocks weren't big enough, they stepped it up to what they thought would be appropriate."
The family has been trying to sell this Bermuda Triangle of a house since the last accident in September. The homeowner was preparing for an open house the next morning. This poor family seems like they are living in a third draft of a Stephen King novel. What has turned this ordinary home into a bug zapper for Buicks? What has hexed or vexed this house to become a siren, luring vehicles into crashing upon the lawn rocks? According to Sgt. Jackson, it's the sweet, sweet booze.
“In the past, the charges we've sought for people who collided with the home have also been related to operating while intoxicated.”
Sally Triemstra, a resident of the neighborhood for 37 years, thinks little can be done, telling WOOD TV:
“Signs and everything don't seem to stop people. They've come short of maybe putting a flashing light there, but I don't know if that would stop anyone either."