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Woman uninjured after car crashes into her home

Woman uninjured after car crashes into her home
By: Carly O'Keefe

Benton, IL - Early Wednesday morning, Pat Batts' home was involved in a collision. She was asleep at 2 a.m. when she heard a loud crash. Then she called her daughter for help.

"She said Susie are you awake? Somebody's hit my house," said Pat's daughter Susie Batts. "I thought she meant someone was banging on the outside... I thought she was crazy."

It was actually a white Mercury that smashed through the front of her home.

"When I got here, there was a car sitting over there, and the front was all smashed in."

Seventeen-year-old William Massey Jr. was traveling northbound on McLeansboro Street when he lost control of his vehicle drove off the road and crashed through a wall in Pat Batts' spare bedroom.

"I'm glad the boys are okay, and my mom is okay," said Susie Batts. "I don't think for a minute that they were driving down McLeansboro and said ‘hey, let's hit that house', but there's a law in the state of Illinois that says we all have to have insurance.

Massey went to court Tuesday on a ticket for driving without insurance. He was ordered to pay $300 and is under court supervision for 12 months. About 13 hours after he left the courtroom, he was sited again  for not having insurance - along with 5 other traffic charges including leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage - $20,000 worth of damage that Batts' homeowner's insurance will now have to pay.

"It's awful. She's lived here 45 years, and this is the first time anything like this has happened," said Susie. "There should be a law--something about people under 18 having to prove they have insurance, and keep that proof up."

Massey was arrested Wednesday and taken to the Franklin County Jail. He's since been released on bond.

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