Driver killed, car's engine damages home in Belchertown crash – Western Massachusetts News

BELCHERTOWN, MA (WGGB/WSHM) – Massachusetts State Police are investigating a deadly high-speed crash that damaged multiple properties in Belchertown on Sunday.
“I just sat down, just sat down when the car came through,” said Trevor Sims.
Sims shared with Western Mass News the moment his home was severely damaged after debris from a car crash put two holes in his North Main Street home.
Massachusetts State Police reported that around 8:45 p.m. Sunday, a state trooper tried to stop a 2011 Nissan Altima when the driver sped away. After the driver fled from police, the Altima struck a mulch patch, which sent the car airborne and over the rock wall of 79 North Main Street, striking trees and light posts.
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After the car landed, it hit the front end of a parked Jeep Wrangler, which sent the engine block from the Nissan flying through the air and punched a four-foot-wide hole into the second floor of 73 North Main Street. More debris from the crash blew another hole into the first floor.
“I checked upstairs in the bathroom and I saw the motor smoking in the upstairs,” Sims added.
Sims told Western Mass News that his mother-in-law, who is living with him and his wife, was in the second-floor room just minutes before the engine was launched into their home.
“If that jeep wasn’t there, she probably wouldn’t be with us today,” Sims explained.
State Police reported that the 19-year- old driver was also ejected from his vehicle and determined to be dead on the scene. Trevor’s wife, Donna Sims, told Western Mass News that they found the driver’s body behind their house.
“They found the guy that got ejected from the car. He was kind of in the bushes in the back,” Donna Sims said. “It was shocking, it’s still shocking. I feel like I’m in this bubble and I’m going to step out of it and everything is going to be fine.”
The Sims family is now taking steps to recover from the damage. They are receiving help from the Red Cross and contacting their home insurance company for further financial support.
“I called the insurance this morning about 8:30 and the Red Cross got us last night. They interviewed us and got our information,” Trevor Sims said.
“They gave us a card with like $600 on it to pay for a couple nights for a hotel,” Donna Sims added.
Massachusetts State Police have yet to identify the driver of the Nissan.
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