Truck crashes into coach's house
By RANDY GONZALES
Hays High School football coach Ryan Cornelsen lost a game Friday night.
But in the bigger scheme of things, Cornelsen is able to keep it all in perspective, especially after what happened hours earlier that day.
A Hays man was arrested early Friday morning after police said the pickup he was driving left the street and collided with a house in the 2900 block of Willow.
Michael A. French, 24, was arrested within 30 minutes in the 300 block of East 33rd after the 1997 Ford F-150 he allegedly was driving struck air conditioning units, then the side of the house owned by Cornelsen. There were no injuries.
"I kind of heard the wheels screeching about a second before I heard what sounded like a train coming through the house," Cornelsen said.
The truck hit the bedroom of Cornelsen's 4-year-old-son, Cooper. However, Cornelsen's wife, Jamie, hadn't made Cooper's bed after washing the sheets earlier that day, so Cooper was sleeping in the bedroom of his 7-year-old sister, Kaylee.
"They slept through the whole thing," Cornelsen said. "They were disappointed because we had 10 firemen in the house. They weren't around to see it.
"It's a blessing from God that that's the way it went down, feel very fortunate that He's looking out for us."
French was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; leaving the scene of a property accident; and failure to report an accident. French has been released on bond.
The Hays Police Department and Hays Fire Department responded to the scene at 12:48 a.m. Midwest Energy also was at the scene. Freon, which was leaking from the air conditioner units, was cleaned up.
"Any time something like this happens, you realize the man upstairs is looking out for you and your family," Cornelsen said. "I think it maybe puts it in perspective, remember the things that are truly important."