Christian W. Mangine (Photo source: Harrison Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
SAUCIER, MS (WLOX) -
A Harrison County family's holiday started with an unwelcome bang.
"The door was pushed all the way back to the other side of the wall, to the other side of the house," said Alison Morgan.
It was a night Morgan will never forget.
"I was in the bedroom with my 3-year-old son," said Alison Morgan. "We were getting ready for bed. I heard a loud boom. There was like this big white cloud of dust and a white truck sitting in my living room."
Officials said a driver drove his pick-up truck off East Wortham Road in Saucier, straight into the home the Morgans have lived in for six years. The driver was taken to the hospital.
The Morgans were not injured. But they said, if it was any other night, it would have been a different story.
"My husband, who does shift work, was not home at the time, thank goodness," said Morgan. "Because he gets there and rocks my son every night and they could have been there when that car came through."
"If I had been sitting there, I probably would have been up underneath that truck," said Terry Morgan.
Now, there's a 24-foot-wide reminder of the extreme physical damage. But, they said, all that pales in comparison to the emotional trauma.
"This is my home and it's just very scary, knowing anyone could drive into your house at any moment."
"Just knowing that I'm away, something happens and something could be wrong with them," said Terry Morgan.
The Morgans lost a couch, television, cabinets and so much more. But,they're still giving thanks.
"I could have been preparing a funeral today instead of just repairing my house," said Alison Morgan.
Although the physical structure of the house is compromised, the love in the family has made their home stronger than ever.
Authorities identified the driver of the truck as 33-year-old Christian W. Mangine. He's charged with DUI, his second according to the Harrison County Sheriff's Department. Mangine is also charged with felony probation violation. He's being held without bond.
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