LACEY, Wash. - Vong Tran walked toward our camera away from the room where his 5-year-old daughter, a 3-year-old niece and 5-year-old nephew were sleeping Friday night when a truck slammed into a Lacey home.
Tran got the terrible call as he, his brother and their wives celebrated Valentine's Day about 25 minutes away in Tacoma.
"What? What's going on?" he asked. "And then we hurried to come back."
They arrived to an awful sight.
"The front of the truck is in the house," said Tran.
The mobile home is where his brother, Sang, lives with his family. Sang Tran's mother-in-law was in the room, asleep, with the young children, two of whom are his. When they arrived, they feared the worst.
"I can still see my daughter, you know, I see her," said Sang Tran, tearing up. "It's the only daughter I have."
The worst happened in December 2010. A speeding SUV slammed into the house across the street where 16-year-old Austin Blankenship was asleep. He died where he lay.
The driver was later convicted and sentenced to prison.
Sang Tran says his is the fourth home at 45th Avenue SE and Ruddell Road SE that has been hit by a vehicle. Metal poles were installed to try to protect him and his family, but they couldn’t prevent the accident Friday night.
Lacey police said the driver who hit his house suffered a seizure.
"He shouldn't be driving," said Tran, angrily.
The children and his mother-in-law were bruised. But Sang Tran says he doesn't have insurance.
And now they have to find another place to live, at least temporarily.
"I'll try to talk to the owner if I can move out to a different spot," he said.