Teen not seriously hurt after crashing car into Urbana house

URBANA — Tracy Law was organizing her videos and DVDs Saturday afternoon when she heard a bang at the front of her home.

"I thought the tree had fallen on the house," said Law, of 904 E. University Ave., U. "Then I heard breaking glass on the inside of the closet."

When she ran out to investigate, Law found a sport utility vehicle wedged up against the front of her home, blocking her front door.

Urbana police Sgt. Andy Hewkin said the westbound driver, William Cushwa, 16, of St. Joseph, lost control of his KIA Sportage about a half-block east of the Law home, then ran over a couple of street signs and the boulevard on the north side of the street before crashing into the house.

He hit the supports for an overhang over the Laws' front door, bringing the overhang down on his vehicle.

Law had been working in the front bedroom office just on the other side of the wall that was hit about 3 p.m.

"I looked in the closet and the mirrors were broken and my dogs were going nuts," she said.

Law said she and her husband, Rick Law, who was working in the garage behind the house, comforted the teen to reassure him it was just an accident.

"He said his parents are going to be mad. We told him, 'Don't worry. It's okay,'" Tracy Law said.

Rick Law said he heard a bang then his wife summoned him. He tried to go through the house and out his front door but couldn't, not realizing the vehicle was wedged up against his house.

"That's crazy. You would think a house off the road like this would be safe," he said, noting they had a car run up on their boulevard and take out a tree once before. "They get off the interstate and I don't think they slow down."

The speed limit decreases from 45 mph to 35 mph just about in front of the Laws' home.

Hewkin said Cushwa was treated and released from Carle Foundation Hospital. He was given a ticket for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Cushwa told police he fell asleep.

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