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Homeowner glad wife wasn't in kitchen when crash occurred

By By CAMILLE DOTY
April 22, 2011 at 6:04 p.m.
Updated April 21, 2011 at 11:22 p.m.

A Dodge pickup  crashed into Don Hernandez's home on the 2900 block of Wildwood Street about 4:30 a.m. He didn't hear or feel the impact.

Donald Hernandez was startled when Victoria police knocked on his door at 4:45 a.m. Friday.

He didn't know at the time that a driver had crashed into his home minutes earlier. Hernandez didn't feel or hear the impact because the wreck occurred in the kitchen on the opposite side of the house.

Timing was everything because the wreck could have been a lot worse.

"If this would have happened at 6 in the morning, my wife could have been killed because she's usually in the kitchen making coffee," he said.

The father of nine said his wife, Angie Hernandez, spends her mornings in the kitchen. He shares the home with his wife and his son's family.

"Thank God no one got hurt. You just don't want that on your shoulder," he said.

Police said an arrest was made for suspicion of drunken driving. The driver, Lucas Wayne Hunt, struck the fence and caused damage to the exterior of the house, according to the report. No skid marks were on the scene.

Hernandez estimates about $3,000 in plumbing damage. He said some of the kitchen counters and cabinets were also damaged. The total cost of repairs is still to be determined.

Although the 62-year-old disabled vet is grateful no one was hurt, he said, he is upset about the damage. He recently remodeled the kitchen and replaced the siding of his home. Hernandez said he received an apology from Hunt, who said he doesn't remember the accident.

Hernandez cautioned the driver and told him, "You know you're lucky, man, because you could have hurt someone."

The Hernandez family will have to make slight changes to their Easter plans and move to other lodging temporarily. He expressed his concern about drivers this weekend and encouraged people to limit their drinks or get a designated driver.

"When you're drunk, you don't see or know anything" he said.

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