Children leave room moments before car crashes into Brimfield Township home

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BRIMFIELD TWP., Ohio - The force was not with the driver of a pickup truck that crashed into a Brimfield Township home Saturday night. The truck, full of Star Wars stickers, came to rest in a bedroom of the home at the corner of Old Forge Road and Jameson Drive around 9:40 p.m., startling homeowner Diane Matta. She said the driver and a passenger got out.

“They just jumped over the hood and started to come into my house, and we just protected the kids because we didn’t know if they were going to try to harm us or the kids or anybody,” Matta said.

She said four kids between the ages of four and nine had been playing in the room moments earlier, narrowly escaping injury.

“They were just playing down there when we called them up for supper, so they just came out,” she said.

Brimfield Police arrested the driver, Robert Anderson, 45, of Cuyahoga Falls, on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and failure to control. Police said Anderson is scheduled to appear in court Friday.

Matta said the impact created a mess, damaging walls of three bedrooms and scattering debris through the house. She thanked Brimfield first responders and said she’s thanking her guardian angel that no one was hurt.

“We said we're thankful for my husband because he's an angel now, so he was watching over us,” she said.

For now, she's staying in a hotel and said she is moving up plans to move from the home.

“I think it is a sign,” she said. “It's time to leave.”

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