AMHERST, Ohio-- Returning home is never easy for James Majkut, but it’s also exactly where he wants to be.
“A lot of memories on the fridge,” said James, while looking at his wife’s pictures and a sonogram image of their youngest son, Jaxson, hanging on their refrigerator. “It took us 11 years to have him...11 years to have him... and all my wife got was 5 months of his life.”
The front of the house on Leavitt Rd in Amherst is still under construction, being repaired from his wife’s fatal accident while the kitchen is virtually the same as it was that morning.
Debra Majkut, 34, was sitting on their couch in the living room July 28 when a car came crashing through the house killing her upon impact.
Jaxson, who is now 8 months old, was rescued after neighbors lifted the vehicle and older brother Jacob, 12, pulled him to safety.
But the car’s muffler had badly burned the infant's face and required immediate surgery.
He’s had one skin graph and James says he most certainly will need additional operations and a compression mask to “make him look as normal as possible.”
But the mask is costly and isn’t covered by insurance.
In fact, James says, the majority of the medical expenses are being paid out of pocket by him right now because the driver accused of killing his wife hasn’t been charged yet.
They’re working with the insurance companies, but meanwhile he says medical expenses are quickly approaching if not over $100,000.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol says the 23-year-old female driver tested positive for marijuana and has previous convictions for marijuana possession and OVI from May 2014.
Troopers say, the case seems to be taking longer because Lorain County prosecutors want to make sure they obtain the most serious charges possible for the driver.
They say prosecutors are working hard and have requested additional information from troopers as recently as last week in preparation for a grand jury.
In the meantime, James and his children are struggling to make ends meet.
He says not only do they want justice for Debra but they also want to return to their house and try once again to make it a home.
“All the pain and hardship we’re dealing with,” said James while choking back tears, “When we weren’t doing anything wrong. I was out working and Debbie was sitting here sleeping.”
Donations to help the family with the funeral and the mounting medical bills can be made at any Chase Bank under Debra Majkut’s name. There is also a GoFundMe page. Click here for the 'Debra Majkut Memorial' page.