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Bathroom break saves Janesville man from injury

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ROCHELLE B. BIRKELO
November 2, 2007
— Henry Ells had been sitting in his easy chair watching TV minutes before a car came crashing into his living room at 815 Johnston St.

Ells left to use the bathroom at about 9 p.m. Thursday and returned to find the TV, its stand and a curio cabinet shattered on the living room floor.


His wife, Sandra, and their son were in a different room when they heard the crash. The commotion woke the couple’s daughter, who had fallen asleep on the living room couch behind her father’s chair.


When the family went outside to investigate, “there was a car in the corner of the house,” Sandra said this morning.


The Ells were unable to reach their insurance agent Thursday night but know the upstairs and downstairs of the house are busted up, Sandra said.


The walls in the corner of the house are cracked.


Janesville firefighters inspected the foundation to make sure it was safe for the family to stay in the house, Sandra said.


“They just shut off one of the circuits in case something in the wall was broken,’’ she said.


“It’s one thing to read about stuff like this. You never think it’s going to happen (to you),” Sandra said.


Police said Vannak Youen, 26, Janesville, was driving the 1998 Acura Integra that hit the Ells house. He was traveling at high speed when his car collided with a Nissan Altima driven by Cuahuivo Tello, 22, Janesville. After the impact, Youen’s car veered off the street and into the Ells house.


Youen, front-seat passenger Bobbie Pek, 21, Janesville, and back-seat passenger Chanvuthy Saing, 21, Janesville, were treated and released from Mercy Hospital.


Youen suffered a broken bone around his left eye, and Saing had a fractured shoulder and deep cut around an eye that will require plastic surgery, a police department spokesman said.


Tello suffered minor injuries and was not transported to the hospital, a fire department spokesman said


Youen was ticketed for drunken driving and causing injury while driving with a suspended license. Tello was cited for violating license restrictions.



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