By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
A 5-month-old baby completely escaped injury Thursday morning after a vehicle crashed into her parents’ home — against the wall where that baby was sleeping in a bassinet.
Whitley County Sheriff’s Lt. Dennis Foley explained that he got the call about the crash between 6:30 and 6:45 Thursday.
“I got the call about a vehicle versus a house,” Foley said. “And the driver left the scene.”
The 2011 Dodge ended up inside the home on Stevens Lane off of Ellison Bend Road, in southern Whitley County.
“It slid through the yard and struck the house,” Foley explained.
He said the home was owned by Denver Parton, and the residence was split into a duplex-type home.
The baby’s parents, Raymond Murray and Natasha Murray, reside in the other part of the home — where the Dodge hit.
“There was an old-fashioned chest up against the wall beside the bed,” Foley said, adding that it had fallen over in the crash, as well as a television.
“Everything was moved, but everything missed (the baby) — barely — it was a good impact,” the lieutenant said. “If the crash was maybe a foot away in a different spot it could have been worse — but he hit (a part of) the wall in a way that kept it from injuring anybody.”
And, although the driver had fled the scene, Foley said a resident of the home “recognized the driver — he knew of him.”
Once the suspect was identified, Foley said deputies went to locate the 18 year old.
Foley ended up arresting Nathan M. Peace, of Woodbine, and he was booked into the detention center just after 10 a.m. Thursday.
He faces charges of first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree criminal mischief, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to render aid or assistance, reckless driving, no operator’s license, and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and under 21 years old.
He remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center.
By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
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