ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (FOX19) - A Tri-State man is recovering Monday after his family says a suspected drunk driver hit him in the front yard of their house on Beechmont Ave.
Clint Caldwell is home from the hospital following the crash Sunday, according to his wife, Shawna.
The crash, Shawna says, happened immediately after a family dinner, as Clint was taking out the trash.
“We heard this deafening boom, or it was an explosion,” she recalled. “It sounded like someone had just dropped a bomb. The windows rattled.”
Shawna ran to the front yard of their home and saw that a car had crashed into their garbage cans. She looked for her husband in a panic.
“Seeing him sitting in the grass, alive... It was incredible,” Shawna said. “I mean, it honestly was a miracle.”
Video shows the car, with a female passenger as well as a male driver, crash into a “no parking” sign and a telephone pole beside the road before careening into the garbage cans and hitting her husband, then coming to a stop.
The pole had to be replaced, shutting down power to the area for several hours.
“He shouldn’t be alive,” Shawna said. “That pole saved my husband’s life.”
Shawna adds the man was still in the driver’s seat after the crash.
“He was trying to start the car to leave the incident, and I kept yelling at him, ‘Get out of the car! Get out of the car!’” Shawna said.
Before the crash, video shows the car swerving in and out of lanes and crossing over the center yellow line on Beechmont Avenue.
“I mean, it was pungent,” Shawna said. “I could probably tell you exactly what he was drinking. It was that intense.”
Although the incident frightened Shawna and her family, she says she’s glad no one was seriously injured.
“We’re lucky to have him,” she said of her husband. “We’re very lucky. To have three people walk away from an incident like that is incredible.”
Christopher Matteini was cited for OVI under the influence of alcohol or drugs and reasonable control, according to a ticket filed with the Hamilton County clerk of courts.
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