Car crashes into South Lubbock home, family thankful son spared - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/22/09

Car crashes into South Lubbock home, family thankful son spared

By Ann Wyatt Little  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock family holds on tight to what was almost taken away from them Sunday morning. Police say a tan Suburban drove into a South Lubbock home stopping just five feet from an 8-month-old infant's crib and the driver is still on the run.

"It was like a bomb exploded. The whole house shook," says Beena Thomas as she described what the crash was like. She and her husband Jeff Thomas jumped straight out of bed at 2:40 Sunday morning. "You think worst case scenario," says Jeff Thomas.

"I told my husband to call 911," she says after first checking on their three children who just hours before they kissed goodnight and tucked into bed. "My wife said, ‘Jackson is in there'," recalls Thomas.

The force of the impact pushed the furniture up against the door. The couple couldn't get to their son so they ran around the backyard and saw the vehicle taking off. "To think that your little baby is in there - thank God nothing happened," says Beena Thomas.

Eight-month-old Jackson was sleeping in his bed and just two months ago his mom moved the crib away from the wall the vehicle crashed into. "There's a little baby in there that could have died," says Thomas about her son.

The crash drove parts of the fence into the lawn, crushed lawn furniture, scattered glass all over the room. Police say the vehicle stopped just five feet from baby Jackson. "The glass could have been on top of him, but he's okay," says Mom.

"Once I got to him and saw he was okay it didn't matter what happened next once I held him," says Thomas after he got to his son. "The damage is just material. But for that person he needs to know what could have happened," says Thomas. The infant life the driver put in jeopardy.

"I don't want revenge just want him to see what could have taken away because he had the opportunity to take this life," he says holding his son.

Police are looking for the driver of a tan Chevy Suburban that likely sustained significant damage from the crash. If you have seen the vehicle, call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000.

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