Car crashes into house in Rossman Avenue
It was supposed to be just an afternoon of yardwork for 13-year-old Tyler Nelson, who was hired to do a raking job for a couple he knew on the 1000 block of Rossman Avenue, when it quickly turned bizarre.
"I saw this car come through the driveway, drove through the yard and crashed right there," he said, pointing to the front of the house.
"I was standing right... here," he said, running to a location only about 15 feet away from the car's path, which also showed a leaf-free strip where Tyler had just been.
According to the Detroit Lakes Police Department, the accident happened at around 1:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon, when 56-year-old Sharon Moe of Detroit Lakes was going south bound on Rossman Avenue.
For some reason, witnesses say she began swerving and plowed her car into the front of a house, owned by Judy Jacobs and Vern Vanorunun.
Authorities say a medical condition is suspected.
"But we're not really sure at this time," said Detroit Lakes Police Chief Tim Eggebraaten.
When the car struck, Tyler was left in shock.
"It was scary," he said, "the wheels were still spinning but it was stuck up on the steps."
But as scary as the scene was, young Tyler still responded.
He started running for a neighbor's house to call 9-1-1, "but then these guys across the street yelled that they had already called," said Tyler, adding that police were there almost instantly.
City police, the Becker County Sheriff's Department and the Detroit Lakes Fire Department all responded, as Moe was reportedly conscious but partially pinned in her vehicle, according to Eggebraaten.
"The fire guys had to help her get out," said Tyler.
Moe was taken to Essentia Health St. Mary's Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The accident, while scary and certainly damaging to Moe and her vehicle, had the potential to be much worse.
"She could have hit my car, the fire hydrant or the kid," said Vanorunun, as he visited with curious neighbors wondering what had happened.
"I'm just glad that she hit a spot that could hold her," he added.
As for Tyler, he says as scary as it all was, he will likely not put down his rake anytime soon.
"I've never seen anything like it in my life, but nah, I'll still take raking jobs," he said with a smile.