WESTFIELD, NJ — A young man turning onto Shackamaxon Drive crashed into a single-family home Thursday after he was overcome by an apparent medical incident, police and witnesses on the scene said.
The driver crashed a four-door sedan into the home at 617 Shackamaxon Drive just after 5 p.m., the witnesses said.
“There was no question in my mind,” said Gil McNally, 78, who was first on the scene. “He had a seizure coming around that corner.”
Police confirmed there was a medical incident and the driver had been taken to a hospital.
McNally, who was in the rear of the house during the crash, said he heard a loud thud and came out to see the young man thrashing and foaming at the mouth.
He pulled him out of the driver’s seat and a resident, who is a nurse, came to assist, McNally said. The car appeared to have hit the corner of the home.
Christa Schackert, who lives at the home, said the vehicle knocked out power to the residence when it hit a meter box. Shackert said her 7-year-old daughter was home at the time.
“It’s amazing what he missed,” Schackert said. “It is a miracle.”
By 6:30 p.m. the car had been towed and most of the scene cleared.
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