KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A family is working to clean up a huge mess to their home after an SUV came crashing into the side of it Sunday evening on Francis Road in West Knoxville.
“My husband went into the bathroom came out sat down next to me and bam,” said Dr. Anjana Love-Dixon.
The Dixons’ master bathroom was left in shambles after a truck slammed into their home.
“I was facing the bathroom so I saw all this debris come into the bathroom, and my husband looked and says there are headlights in our bathroom,” said Dixon. “It all happened right here, the car had no driver inside but it came down this hill and slammed into this bathroom window and now the house is not livable.”
Dixon says she was worried for the driver because the impact of the car was so severe.
“It shifted the walls of the house, it slammed our door, there was dust everywhere it was like a bomb had exploded,” said Dixon.
The homeowner says after speaking with the driver, they found out the man was making a delivery to their neighbor from Aladdin’s Grill Take Out. Dixon says the driver told her he didn’t have his parking brake on, which caused the car to roll down the hill.
“I am very grateful that I listened to my instincts because I decided not to take a shower right away and I really believe all things happen for a reason and something good will come out of this,” said Dixon.
There’s a long road ahead for the Dixon family, but Dr. Dixon says she’s staying optimistic and hopes for some type of compensation to help repair their home.
“Had I been in that bathroom, I would’ve been impaled, I would’ve been killed had my husband been in the bathroom, he would’ve been killed,” said Dixon.
Dixon says when the driver was questioned by the police the driver proved a policy number not associated with the SUV, he didn’t have a drivers licence or insurance.
Deputy Chief Gary Holliday with the Knoxville Police Department says since the car did not leave a roadway and was not being operated, it’s not considered a traffic crash. The manager of Aladdin’s Grill says the driver does not work for the company.
The homeowners’ insurance company has placed them in in a hotel until their home can be fixed.