An Omaha woman who was seriously injured when an airborne sport utility vehicle crashed into her Benson-area home and through her bedroom early Friday morning faces a long recovery, her mother said Sunday.
Brooke Sutton, 31, is being treated at Creighton University Medical Center for multiple injuries, including a broken shoulder, fractured ribs, internal bleeding, crushed vertebrae and a badly injured foot. The daughter of Robert and Leslie Sutton of Omaha will need at least two months to recover followed by rehabilitation, her mother said.
“It's going to be a long haul,” Leslie Sutton said. “But she's one lucky girl to be alive.”
A tan Chevrolet TrailBlazer crashed through Sutton's home at 2351 N. 67th St. and landed in the backyard of Chris Joneson and his wife. The crash awakened the couple about 3 a.m.
Police said Paul Mosher, 21, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, reckless driving, refusing a DUI test and approaching a fixed object.
Joneson said he was told by officers at the scene that the SUV had been traveling at a high speed on 66th Avenue when it hit several parked cars, crossed Lake Street and jumped a curb before smashing through Sutton's home.
Sutton, a 1999 graduate of Roncalli High School, and her Chihuahua dog, Lily, were asleep at the time of the crash.
Leslie Sutton said the SUV dragged her daughter into the backyard on her mattress.
“Brooke started screaming for the neighbors, and they were right there to help,” Sutton said. “Then Lily came out of the rubble and sat next to Brooke until the rescue squad arrived.”
Sutton said the dog escaped unhurt.
Her daughter's house, however, appears to be a total loss. The one-story, 572-square-foot home built in 1925 was the “little dollhouse that Brooke loved and was putting the finishing touches on,” her mother said.
Robert Sutton worked with friends and relatives Sunday to salvage his daughter's belongings. He stopped to show a visitor how the TrailBlazer had entered the small bedroom through an outside wall, knocked down an inside wall and then crashed out the other side of the house and into the Jonesons' yard.
Smashed furniture, jagged pieces of drywall, mangled wood and a bedroom mattress were heaped in a pile on the south side of the house. A large streak of pink paint marked a trail of destruction that ended in the Jonesons' yard.
“Brooke “had painted her front door pink, and the paint can was still inside the house,” Robert Sutton said. “Her little dog was covered with paint and so were Brooke's feet. It's a miracle she wasn't killed.”
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