Wednesday , June 12 2024

Merced Family Loses Home After Car Crash

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<p>A family of seven is still without a home after a car went right through the house on R St near Childs Ave in Merced early Monday morning.</p><p>&quot;I’m just trying to help my family and the fact that two stupid drivers did this makes me mad,&quot; said Christina Xayavong, who through her tears expressed how difficult it is for her to stand in front of the home she grew up in, but can no longer enter.</p><p>&quot;I still think about it at night and I just want to cry,&quot; said Xayavong.</p><p>The nightmare started early Monday morning when a car that had allegedly been street racing plowed into the home at over a hundred miles per hour. Police say both vehicles lost control, one went all the way through the house and exited on the opposite side.</p><p>The home now looks like it belongs in a war zone and the family could soon be homeless because the assistance they got from the American Red Cross has run out. Spokesperson Jessica Piffero said they determine the level of damage and how much is needed and go based off that.</p><p>Meanwhile the family has been staying with relatives but needs help from the community to keep a roof over their heads <br />&nbsp;<br />&quot;It takes a village to raise a child and this is a perfect example, they need help and anything they can give will help them,&quot; said Norberto Escobar, a family relative.</p><p>Though losing their home&nbsp; has been tough, Xavavong said they’re grateful to have each other. &quot;It makes me feel lucky that we’re still alive and then the thought of losing someone even my brother, he’s alive thank god.&quot;</p><p>As for the suspects, they now face several charges including driving under the influence of alcohol. A go fund me account has been set up for the family. To donate visit and look for the Official Xayavong Family Fund</p></div>

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