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Officials seek driver that rammed house

Thursday, January 3, 2008

The Brazil family living at 203 S. Lambert St. had a rude awakening early Thursday morning when a small pickup truck crashed into their home.
Officials are looking for the suspect(s) that ran away after driving a small pickup truck into a residence at 203 S. Lambert St., early Thursday morning.

Shortly after 4 a.m., Kathy J. England, her mother Gracie England and niece Kandra England were rudely awakened when the truck crashed into their home.

Kathy told The Brazil Times her whole bed shook and everything on the north wall of her bedroom was thrown around the room during the incident.

"I heard a loud boom and everything went flying," Kathy said. "It scared the heck out of me. I'm just grateful it didn't strike (my niece's) bedroom. A few more feet and it would have."

While trying to call the police, Kathy said she heard an unidentifiable voice outside her bedroom window that made her think there was more than one person in the truck.

"I heard someone yell, 'they're calling the cops,'" Kathy said, adding that her niece saw the suspect.

"I looked out the window and saw someone run up the street away from the truck, but didn't get a good look at him," Kandra England said.

Although details are limited due to the preliminary investigation, Brazil City Police Chief Terry Harrison said officers were looking for at least one suspect that ran away from the scene.

"The driver fled the scene and we are looking for him," Harrison said, then confirmed a second investigation into a vehicle theft a block away.

Thursday afternoon, Brandy Means, 323 E. Railroad St., reported to the police department that a white 1996 Ford Explorer was allegedly stolen from her home during the same time as the accident at the England residence.

"It is unclear at this time if the two events are purely coincidental or not," Harrison said. "We responded to several reports of suspicious, but routine, activity last night all around the city. We don't know if these two particular events are connected, but they are both under investigation."

Although repairs were underway at the England home Thursday afternoon, being unexpected victims of a small neighborhood crime wave was a bit unnerving for Kathy.

"It's a little scary because you don't know if they will come back or not," Kathy said.

To report information about this case, contact the Brazil City Police Department at 446-2211.

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Best of luck to the Brazil City Police Dept for finding these yahoos who've fled the scene of this horrific accident. This is the sort of thing that I occasionally dream about but never in my wildest could think it would happen to me or someone else.

Why can't we all just get along?

-- Posted by andypflueger on Fri, Jan 4, 2008, at 5:56 AM

Because Andy, some people don't have any morals or sense of right from wrong! There are too many "friend" parents out there who leave it up to others to raise their children. People don't take the time to engrave good values into their children! Granted, that it is possible for children to just make bad choices regardless of their upbringing, but still there should be more harsh punishments for crimes...

-- Posted by Southernized on Sat, Jan 5, 2008, at 10:31 AM

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