GALES FERRY, Conn. (WTNH)– A dramatic crash over the weekend sent a car with a man and two little girls into a pool along Route 12, at Long Cove Road in Gales Ferry.
There may been a few factors that prevented this horrible accident from being even worse. First of all the car landed in the pool and the pool being there may have stopped the car from going into the house. Second of all, the pool hadn’t been opened yet and that may have saved the family inside that car’s life.
“Even though it’s the shallow end it would have been at least three foot of water and it would have changed things drastically,” said Rich Kent, Gales Ferry.
Rich Kent was supposed to open the pool Saturday morning. If he had it would have been filled with water. Instead the pool which broke a family’s fall, the car landed upside down in it, was covered and the father and two daughters, while seriously injured, are alive.
“One baby’s arm looked real bad,” said Dominick Ceravolo, Gales Ferry.
Dominick Ceravolo arrived just moments after the 1 AM accident Sunday. He owns the property across the street where the now mangled car originally went off the road. He can only guess how fast it was going.
“I’ve been towing since I was sixteen and I’m 75 now that’s the worst one I’ve seen in a single accident and they were very very lucky,” said Ceravolo.
As Ceravolo cleans up his property where car parts can be seen throughout it, a utility pole is replaced. It was the first thing hit in this destructive path. The driver 25-year-old Marcus Harvin has been charged with reckless driving, reckless endangerment, and failure to obey a signal but more charges may follow.
As for the Kent family, a tough holiday weekend already in mourning and now this.
“We’re all having a hard time just trying to get through it. Ya know. It’s been very very difficult,” said Kent.
Of course the clean up at the house has not yet begun and police continue to investigate this accident.