Brenden McGann said that he and his girlfriend, along with her young son, were startled awake by a loud noise at about 4:40 a.m. that morning.
At first, McGann thought that a nearby cottonwood tree had toppled over. Other possible explanations rushed through his mind in the confusion that followed: Was it a car wreck? An earthquake?
He found out soon enough that a Nissan Pathfinder had driven off Mill Creek Drive and into his girlfriend’s living room, where her son had hoped to spend the night on the couch.
“We didn’t let him, thank God,” McGann said during a Nov. 13 phone interview with The Times-Independent.
The force of the crash caused so much damage that McGann had to kick a door open in order to get out of the home.
At that point, his dog bolted out of the house and ran down the street toward the Gravel Pit Lanes bowling alley. McGann chased after him, knowing that everyone else was OK.
As soon as he returned to the house, though, a new fear crept into his mind. He could smell natural gas, and with each step he took, he thought that something around him would explode.
On his way back, McGann noticed that the driver was still inside the car. McGann yelled at the man, telling him to get out of the car and away from the nearby gas line that he allegedly ruptured.
But the man appeared to be intoxicated and very disoriented, McGann said.
“He asked me what was going on,” McGann said. “He was really out of it.”
Although McGann and his girlfriend were not injured in any way, they were so freaked out about the gas leak that they didn’t call 911 for 20 minutes or so, he said.
Someone – he’s not sure who – eventually managed to shut off the gas.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation. As of press time, no charges had been filed.
According to a preliminary police report on the incident, the driver was traveling northbound on Mill Creek Drive when he veered off the right side of the roadway. The man apparently failed to negotiate a curve in the road. In the seconds that followed, he drove straight through a fence before his vehicle crashed into the mobile home.
Although the home was destroyed, McGann and his girlfriend are not homeless.
“We’re actually waiting for a new house to be built,” McGann said. “[The accident] happened right when they’re about to build it.”
In the meantime, they’re staying with McGann’s parents, who live just around the corner.