Historic home falls victim to more damage, two wrecks in five days

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Evansville, Ind. (WEHT) – People that have stopped by the home at 414 Riverside Drive to take pictures say they can’t believe two cars in five days ended up right in the front lawn of the 151-year-old home. 

“I was I sitting in class this morning at USI and one of my classmates told me another car came down here and hit the home and that is just crazy to me, two times within the same week, a couple days apart says Sydney Kissinger. 

The two accidents in just five days caused nearly $600,000 in damage according to construction crews.

Police say the second driver looked down and then looked up, the next thing he knew, his ford SUV rear ended a f-350 work truck already crashed into the 1868 historic home, builders are hopeful the landmark will make a full recovery.

“We couldn’t believe it when the second one hit it and did way more damage the second time because it moved the truck and blew another big chunk out of the house. The corner was already there so it was more sound than what it was now so now we have to go in and build walls from the basement all the way to the top before we can even start fixing it” says construction foreman Ron McDaniel with MCF Construction. 

McDaniel says it will take over a month to just clear out debris from the two accidents, from there crews will work four to five months to make repairs. They hope mother nature will work with them. 

Dennis Au is the former Historic Preservation Officer for Evansville he says homes like these are irreplaceable to this community.

“This will impact the entire neighborhood for the Riverside Neighborhood Association, this is much kin to the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in France” Au says. 

“We saw the damage and it’s just crazy, we don’t know how it happen” adds Kissinger.  

The good news for the homeowner and those concerned about the Italian built home.

“Bad enough yesterday, worse today, good thing it wasn’t a Monday, oh I know I can save it, I’ve done just as bad before, I’ve been doing it for 30 years now and everything, we’re the 911 of home repair” McDaniel’s says. 

Police say the driver passed field sobriety tests on scene this morning. He was not injured.

So far police say neither driver are facing charges.

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(This story was originally published on May 29, 2019)

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