Photos by Kelsey Leyva | Amherst News Times South Amherst firefighters work to find and move Debra Majkut from underneath the car that crashed into her Rt. 58 home near Rt. 113. Makjut did not survive.
Debra Majkut sat on her couch Tuesday in the comforts of her own home at 8788 Rt. 58, completely unaware that it would be her final morning.
A car crashed through the wall of the house near Rt. 113 just before 8 a.m. and took her life.
South Amherst firefighters worked through the morning to pull her body from the wreckage but could not save the 34-year-old.
Adrianna Young, 23, of Oberlin, was driving a silver Toyota Camry south on Rt. 58 when she suddenly veered, crossed a field, and punched through the side of the home.
In her statement to law enforcement, Young said there was an animal in the road.
She sustained minor injuries in the wreck.
Also in the house at the time of the crash were Majkut’s nephew, Damien Garcia, 11, and her sons Jacob, 12, and Jaxon, five months.
Jaxon was trapped under the car in a bouncer for a time until rescuers pulled him free.
All three boys were taken by ambulance to a local hospital.
Leslie Llane, a neighbor from down the street, said one of the boys told her Majkut had been sleeping on the couch.
Ashley Koviak, an across-the-street neighbor, said she and her husband heard screeching tires and a loud boom while she was getting ready for work. She then saw the two boys run out of the house.
Koviak called 911. Then she and her husband, Andrew, ran across the street to help.
Her husband lifted the car enough for her to pull the baby to safety. Authorities say Jaxon was taken by helicopter to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.
Koviak said Jaxon appeared to have second-degree burns on his face. Lt. Carlos Smith of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the infant sustained serious injuries.
An investigation is ongoing with no charges made yet as of this writing. Smith could not confirm whether drugs or alcohol were involved.
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