Nursing Home Resident Speaks Out About Alcester Crash
ALCESTER, S.D.- Two people have died and six others are injured after a car ran into a group of people and struck a nursing home building in Alcester this morning.
“I thought, omg what happened,” says Alcester Care and Rehab Center resident Jack Felcher.
That was the reaction of resident Jack Felcher when he saw staff running towards him this morning, while he was trying to get his morning coffee in the dining room.
“Crying and running past me and really crying; I asked what happened, they said don’t go in the front Jack, don’t go in the front,” says Felcher.
Felcher says he wasn’t sure what was going on. So he waited and after a while, he went into the TV room and saw the car.
“I seen the car right by the door and there’s a lady pinned underneath the wheel, driver side,” says Felcher.
“Not typical, this is the only one I can think of like this,” says South Dakota Highway Patrol Captain Jason Husby.
Early Monday morning, authorities say an 81-year-old woman unintentional hit a group of people and ran into the Alcester Care and Rehab Center. Authorities say the individuals were coming out of the building; they consisted of employees and residents. Authorities say the driver had pulled into a driveway area near the building, when witnesses say she unintentionally stepped on the gas instead of the brakes, sending the car into the building.
“Definitely appears to be an unintentional incident, not something that occurred, definitely unintentional,” says Husby.
2 people died and 6 others including the driver were injured and taken to the hospital. Authorities say some of the people injured have already been treated and released. Authorities say they have seen cars struck buildings, but this is one they have never seen.
“It’s horrible especially the situation we have here; where there is a group of people. It’s extremely unfortunate, there are a lot of people that are affected by this,” says Husby.
Authorities are not releasing the names of the individuals involved, but have notified families. The South Dakota Highway Patrol is heading the investigation.