With Thanksgiving less than a week away, the Scadlock family is still displaced after a car crashes into their roof.
This incident happened around Friday, November 11. 11th to Zachary. The driver of the vehicle, who was alone in the car, reportedly had a seizure that locked her foot on the accelerator and forced her into a ditch at 80 miles per hour.
After hitting the ditch at such high speed, the vehicle bottomed out, hit the tree and slammed into the carport, forcing it to topple over on the roof of a Zachary house. The driver was injured, but his condition is now stable.
Anthony Scadlock, 13, was at home with his seven-year-old brother when they heard and felt the car crash into their house.
“I hear a car, I hear it getting a little louder, then it quiets a bit and it gets really loud, then it crashes into the house. I hear the first thing he crashes into the tree, then crashes into the window and turns around. describes Anthony Scadlock.
Anthony’s parents Rosa and Sean Scadlock were on their way home from work when they received an unforgettable phone call from their neighbor around 5.30pm.
“They said, ‘We have the children. Children are safe. Don’t hurry, but there’s a car on your roof’ and I was like, ‘What?’ They said, “There’s a car on your roof,” Sean Scadlock said.
After receiving this call, the Scadlocks were completely in shock.
Rosa said: “It was the scariest moment of my life when I heard my son scream and my little one cry. We were ten minutes from home.
The Scadlocks and the rest of the neighbors were in disbelief at how a car accident could force the family of four to be relocated.
“That main support beam was broken. We had to prepare and do what we could do now. We just attached it to the support beams of the carport. Those in front were crushed. The carport is practically crushed in half,” Sean said.
Due to rain this past weekend, Scadlock installed temporary plywood to try to prevent their family home from further damage.
While it wasn’t an intentional or criminal act on the part of the driver, that doesn’t take away from the difficulty for the Scadlocks to live with and accept.
“The holiday season is approaching and my boys will not be home. It’s just a tough time, but we’ll get through this, we’ll get through this,” Rosa said, holding back tears.
To make matters worse, the family covers the costs entirely out of pocket while homeowners insurance and driver’s insurance debate culpability.
Rosa said, “Homeowner’s Insurance wants to tackle vehicle insurance liability.”
They wait and hope to be reimbursed, but in the meantime they are spending money that they had not set aside.
“Tens of thousands of dollars, we don’t even know the magnitude until we can get someone to work on it. I mean we kind of put it aside but nothing like it, never thought it was going to happen,” Rosa explained.
Even when the reimbursement is made, there is no guarantee that the insurance will cover major damage: a new carport, a roof and bringing the whole house up to code.
The Scadlocks have been granted temporary accommodation, but they need help.
“We are asking for help from the community. We have home insurance, but we don’t think it will cover it,” Rosa said.
After being kicked out of her family home for an act she couldn’t have prevented, the family of four count their blessings and are grateful that they are all physically fine.
As the holiday season approaches, if you can help the family, please donate to their GoFundMe account.