Man injured when car crashes into house in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign man was injured Saturday night when a stolen car crashed through the front of a home on the city’s west side.

Police were questioning two men who were believed to have been responsible for stealing a customized Chevrolet, either a Caprice or a Malibu, from the Countrybrook Apartments in the 2500 block of West Springfield Avenue shortly before the crash that happened about 8:20 p.m. at 202 N. Mattis Ave., C. 

Shawn Sutton, the owner of the one-story ranch home, said his roommate, Thomas Moss, was in the kitchen petting one of Sutton’s dogs, when the car crashed through the front of Sutton’s home, taking out a picture window and the wall below it and heavily damaging the front end of the car.

“I was in my detached garage (just north of the house) when the girl with me said, ‘Did you hear that?’” said Sutton. 

He said he and his friends walked up the street to the north and didn’t see anything.

The view of the Chevrolet sticking out of his house, which was south of where they were, was obscured by a shrub. Sutton’s house is on the east side of Mattis between University Avenue and Church Street.

Sutton said he and his three friends saw police cars going past them and so they turned around to find the car which was partially in his living room.

“I’ve just had this house over a year,” said Sutton, surveying the heavy damage.

He said Moss was renting from him and had lived there about a month. Moss’ 4-year-old son was also in the house but was not hurt when the car came crashing through.

Sutton said his two dogs were not hurt either.

Sutton said he talked to Moss by phone and was told his arm was injured. 

Sgt. Jaceson Yandell said police were questioning the two men and he wasn’t sure if they would be arrested.

The car was pulled out of the house by a tow truck about 10:30 p.m.

Sutton, meantime, was preparing to board it up after having contacted his insurance agent.

“If we were five minutes later, somebody would have been killed,” said Sutton, adding that he and his friends had been sitting in the living room where the car was only minutes before the crash.

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drewbud87 wrote on March 17, 2013 at 12:03 am

is it just me, or is this article written in a way that makes it confusing to follow what happened and who all was involved?

sweet caroline wrote on March 17, 2013 at 1:03 am

I agree, this is a confusing story the way it's written.  I read it 3 times before I could actually visualize the incident. 

I'm just glad none of the innocent people were hurt, other the roommate's arm.  It could have been much, much worse.

woopitydo wrote on March 17, 2013 at 8:03 am

Stolen car, crashed into a private residence, one injured.... charges might not be filed? Seriously? Did I read that right or am I just as confused by the article?