Van plows through Tatemville home, speeds away

By Michelle Paynter - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A man who lives in Savannah's Tatemville neighborhood is at his wit's end. Thursday afternoon the driver of a green van plowed into his home and took off. It happened around 4 p.m. at the corner of Sherman Avenue and Dillion Street.

Behind three sheets of plywood is a gaping hole in Paul Decosta's home. The window was knocked out, cinder blocks litter the yard. Decosta said the driver ran the stop sign on Sherman Avenue and ran into his home.

The van crashed through his den, where his kids usually spend the afternoon doing homework. But fortunately they weren't home.

Decosta said, "Now these people who hit my house and ran off, they need to be responsible because they could have taken my kids' and my wife's life."

This isn't the first time Decosta has had this happen. He said the problem is motorists don't pay attention to the stop sign and the street veers to the left.

"I tried to get the city to put up a barricade eight years ago because they ran through my house the first time on Thanksgiving," said Decosta. "But they stuck this sign up here like it's going to do some good."

He's even offered to put up a barricade himself. "I wanted to put a barricade up in my yard, they told me if I put one up and somebody hits it and kills them then I'm responsible, but what about my family."

Decosta is tired of his insurance footing the bill to clean up the mess.

"I want justice," he said. "I'm tired of these people running into my house."

WTOC contacted the City of Savannah, Savannah-Chatham Metro Police and Alderman Clifton Jones. Alderman Jones said he is going to look into the matter. We'll let you know if any is done to help the homeowner out.

Meanwhile, police need your help to find the woman who crashed into the home. According to the police report she is described as a black female wearing a pink shirt. Witness said she was driving an older model green van and did have another woman in the van with her. Police said it likely have damage to the front end.

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