Homeowner after truck crashed into Central home: “We are counting our blessings”

CENTRAL, La. — The homeowner, who had a truck come straight through the front of their home, says her family is focusing on the positives and counting their blessings.

The homeowner, who asked not to use her name, says she nor her husband or their three children were at home when a black truck slammed into their home in the Magnolia Lakes neighborhood in Central following a high-speed pursuit in Livingston Parish.

The pursuit started when deputies tried to stop Ronnie D. Spence, 40, of Denham Springs, for large quantities for illegal drugs, according to LPSO. Instead of stopping though, the driver led LPSO deputies on a high-speed chase northbound on Hwy. 16 into Watson, westbound on Hwy. 1019 before turning onto the Magnolia Bridge and into Central around 2 p.m. on Friday, March 22.

Spence then crashed into the home on Magnolia Blossom Ave. in Central before jumping out of the truck while it was running. He was arrested and is facing numerous drug charges and fleeing from police.

“Definitely was a shock,” said the homeowner, who said the truck slammed into what was their living room. “I think my biggest concern was making sure there were no big structural damages that would cause the house to cave, especially with one of the columns being taken out. Before I got inside to see, I was worried there would be damage to the stairs to the second story. Thankfully, there was not. Central Fire Dept. checked all the electrical and gas lines to make sure the house was safe after the fact.”

Despite the damage to their home, the homeowners say they’re focusing on the positives and not blaming cops for doing their job.

“We are trying not to focus on whether or not it should have happened and just focus on the fact that our family is safe and us still having a home because we know it could have been so much worse. We are counting our blessings that neither us nor our three children were home or hurt and everything damaged can be repaired and replaced. It’s definitely a shock, but we are just so thankful for God’s protection over us and everyone else who was put at risk during the pursuit,” she told UWK.

“We are using this as a teachable moment for our children about how bad decisions not only affect you, but also others around you. We really are just so thankful that no one was home and that the damage is fixable and not total destruction like that of a flood or fire. We’re so appreciative of all of the support we’ve gotten from friends, family, neighbors, and the community,” she added.

She tells UWK that her husband works half days on Friday and was not home at the time of the crash. He was playing a round of golf and she was at work. The day before however, she was working from home as her job requires her to work two days a week from home.

Since the truck was moved, the family has put up a temporary wall and insulated it until a contractor can out. The family is living inside the home since.

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