Vehicle crashes into a Westlake home

WESTLAKE, LA (KPLC) - By Adam Hooper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A Westlake family got a rude awakening from a car, not from the alarm, but the noise of it smashing into their living room.

"Every time it rains we have a wreck. Usually, every weekend we have a wreck. It is usually in the later hours, people are drunk and can't make the curve," said Melanie Garrard.

At around three in the morning on Sunday,Ann Wilrye and her family were sleeping when a car lost control in the curve and crashed into their home. Luckily, no one was hurt, but the possibility was certainly there. Jaylen Robinson is a nephew, and usually sleeps on the couch in the living room. For some reason, he decided to sleep in a different room that night, a decision that possibly saved his life.

"I'm lucky, real lucky," said Jaylen Robinson.

Investigators said the driver of the vehicle was 39 year old Richard Hollyfield. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's office have charged Hollyfield with hit and run, DWI, switched license plate, and improper control of a vehicle. While no one was hurt this time, the home owners worry there could be a next time.

"I am kind of scared to go to sleep in my own house. What is going to happen? We will be a sleep and what happens if they make it even further," said Ann Wilrye.

Parish road officials tell 7 news, they will look at the road to see if it can be made safer. Meanwhile, Hollyfield has been released on bond.

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