84-year-old man displaced after car crashes into home

Posted at 12:46 PM, Oct 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-23 14:46:20-04

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    DES MOINES, Iowa (KCCI) — An 84-year-old man said he is blessed to be alive Monday after a car slammed into his Des Moines home the day before.

The crash happened at 14th Street and Forest Avenue.

McRay Love was home at the time. The impact pinned him against a wall and injured his legs.

“It pushed me up against the next wall, jammed my legs together. The car was on my legs,” Love said.

The 84-year-old is hard of hearing, but he heard the bang as the car plowed through his home Sunday afternoon.

“I was afraid. I was afraid for a little while,” Love said.

Love said he screamed for help as all his belongings shattered around him.

“I said, ‘Thank God.’ I know he heard me. You know what I mean? When you’re begging him, ‘Watch over me.’ That’s it,” Love said.

Des Moines police are still looking for the driver who slammed into the car, pushing it into Love’s house. Officers said they found the driver’s maroon-colored Dodge Durango abandoned a few blocks away, but they don’t know who the driver is.

“You really could have killed three innocent people and say you’re sorry or something at least,” said Love’s daughter, Janice Love.

The home is now structurally unsafe, and McRay Love can’t live there. His family is desperately trying to find a place for him to go. He can’t live with his daughter because her apartment has stairs.

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