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Somerset Co. man seriously hurt after ejected from car, hitting house
By Melanie Gillespie
SOMERSET COUNTY, Pa. --
It sounded like a real loud bang, like thunder, John Emerick said.
A Somerset County man is lucky to be alive after he was in a violent crash early Thursday morning.
It happened around 2 a.m. Thursday on Greenbridge Road in Jenner Township.
The homeowner said the sound was so loud it woke him up from his sleep. At first, he thought someone was breaking in, but soon realized a violent crash ended up in his front yard.
"He definitely had an angel on his shoulder, Emerick said.
Emerick lives on Patrick Road in Jenner Township. It's quiet now, but on Thursday morning he woke up to a much different sight and sound.
"I heard a loud bang. I come out to see what was going on. I took notice people on the road were looking over at the house, I [run] out see what they were looking at, I turn around to go back in the house and realize there's a kid laying there unconscious, Emerick said.
A violent crash ended up in his front yard with the driver lying on his front porch.
"I ran and called 911 He was just breathing on his own, but he was unconscious the whole time, Emerick explained.
There was a hole left in the siding of his house. The driver, Cody Jerin of Hooversville, was thrown out of his car nearly 40 feet and slammed off of the siding of the house.
"I tried talking to him and he was unresponsive. I told him help was coming and I did say a little prayer when he was [laying] down, Emerick said.
State police said that was all before he lost control, went airborne and rolled over several times. Emerick said he's never seen anything like it.
"He's alive and that's the main thing, and I hope he has a quick recovery."
State police said Jerin was taken to the hospital. His condition was not available Thursday night.