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A Sauk Village couple was startled from their sleep when a car came within inches of landing on them. Michelle Relerford reports.
A young couple narrowly escaped serious injury early Tuesday morning after a car came crashing through their bedroom window.
Chris Goffer and his fiancée, Nicole Powers, were asleep in the lower level bedroom of their home on the 21000 block of Peterson Avenue, in Sauk Village, when the vehicle entered with a crash.
"He turned the light on, and I turned around, and I was like, 'It's a car! It's a car there!'" recalled Powers. "Where the tire was and where his head was, it was inches. I mean, inches."
Goffer, a track coach at Hales Franciscan High School in Chicago, sprinted up to the second floor to check on their 3-year-old son, Eric. The boy slept through the entire ordeal.
In the car, the driver and a female passenger were both alive and crawled out. The driver was transported to a nearby hospital with a leg injury. He later told police that another driver ran him off the road. Police said they're investigating that lead.
It wasn't until after the commotion died down that Goffer noticed he had a gash on his head.
"My adrenaline was going," he said, adding that he reacted without thinking. "If it was another two to three inches it would have been on top of both of us."
Assistant Fire Chief Edward Myers said the pair were "very, very lucky."
The bedroom window was completely taken out in the crash. The family planned to stay with relatives while the home is repaired.
Note: This report was originally published on June 18, 2013. The 911 audio was released two days later.