Crash injures man sleeping in bed
Pickup destroys home
A Culver man, sleeping in his bedroom, was pinned under a pickup for two hours Saturday after the vehicle ran off the road, smashed through his house and landed on his bed.
According to Sheriff Jim Adkins, around 2:29 a.m., March 30, Charles John Wilda Jr., 46, of Culver, was asleep at his home on Feather Drive, when a pickup truck driven by Steven Dwayne Roe, 45, of Culver, ran a stop sign at the intersection of Iris Lane and Feather Drive and crashed into the side of Wilda's home.
No one else was in the house, but Adkins said, "Some kids were having a bonfire close by and they called 911."
There were no skid marks at the scene, and Roe told a responding deputy he remembered leaving a bar, then woke up inside the house and had no recollection of events before the accident occurred. Tests revealed that Roe had a blood-alcohol level of 0.13.
Adkins said it appears he passed out near the intersection, ran the stop sign and crashed into the house.
It took responding rescue personnel two hours to get the victim out.
"They used air bags to get the pickup lifted up, then cut off the legs of the bed to drop it down enough to get him out," Adkins said, noting emergency technicians were stabilizing Wilda with IVs during that time.
Air bags were also used to stabilize the structure of the house during the extraction, and Adkins said the home appears to be a total loss.
Wilda was airlifted to St. Charles Bend for treatment of lower leg fractures and possible internal injuries and was listed in fair condition on Monday.
Roe was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, second-degree assault, reckless driving, and second-degree criminal mischief. He was arraigned in Circuit Court on Monday, and will be indicted on Thursday.
Tragically, Roe's family members were accident victims in the past. In December 2001, Roe's wife Sandy, 32, and three of his children, Devin, 6, Jason, 15, and Tina, 14, were killed on the way to school in Culver, when their car slid on ice and collided with a train.