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Truck slams into Chester home, mother and daughter unharmed

Posted at 12:24 PM, May 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-02 12:28:26-04

CHESTER, Va. - A mother and her seven-year-old daughter woke up to a truck crashing into their home along Osborne Road Thursday morning.

The truck driver was headed east at about 6:20 a.m. when he drove off the road to the right, hit several mailboxes, then swerved across the street into a tree, hit a car, then hit the home, according to Chesterfield Police said

"I thought this is crazy. What’s going on?,' 7-year-old Andrea Giacofei said. "I was in my room, and it was the first time having a car crash into my house."

She and her mother Carrie were startled out of sleep at the sound.

"I actually thought it was a tree falling," Carrie Giacofei said. "And it was actually someone coming across our neighbors yard, coming across our driveway, and hitting the back corner of our house."

Remnants from that crash — including a damaged tricycle -- could be seen across her yard. A reminder, she said, that the outcome could have been much worse.

“I play outside with my friends a lot,” the little girl said.

“They’re probably outside every afternoon,” Carrie added. “We limit them to the back yard for this reason."

With multiple bus stops along Osborne Road, Carrie said she's worried about speeding cars.

“That tree has taken some beatings, and luckily it is there to kind of deter some of the damage,” Carrie said. “This road --it’s a 35 mph zone. People do not follow that. I feel like there needs to be some stop signs or speed bumps or something to slow down the traffic."

But for now, the Giacofeis said they were taking it one day at a time — grateful that the ones who matter most are safe.

“We’re lucky that no one was hurt,” said Carrie. “That’s the main thing. Houses can be rebuilt. Right?"

“Yeah,” Andrea said.

Police on scene said following the crash, the driver got out of the truck and ran across the street where he was apprehended by police. He now faces several charges including reckless driving, felony hit and run, and driving on a suspended license fourth offense. Police said he also had an outstanding warrant for shoplifting. At this time he is in the hospital with minor injuries.

This is a developing story. Witnesses can send news tips, photos, and video here.

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