SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -Three months and a week since an SUV crashed into Senior Citizens INC Ruth Byck Adult Day Center, there are virtually no signs that there was ever any damage.
The driver of the SUV was trying to get away from police when he crashed through the front door of the center.
If you’ll remember, the SUV slammed into the building the same night Savannah felt the effects of Hurricane Michael.
The folks at SCI never thought the damage they’d be dealing with that October morning after the storm would be from this. The driver of the SUV plowed through the front wall of the center, leaving a path of destruction before getting out and running from the scene.
As of Friday, Jan. 18, police say only the owner of the vehicle has been cited for insurance and registration violations. The driver of the SUV who ran from the scene has yet to be arrested.
After the damage, SCI was left to find a temporary home for their seniors while the center was being repaired. Fortunately, that only took about a month, thanks to the community lending a hand.
“The generosity of those in our city...we were able to raise the funds to meet the deductible for our insurance, and you know, when you have an unexpected financial issue like that, you’re so thankful for the community stepping up and giving you that support,” said Karey Lee, Senior Citizens, Inc.
Lee says in the next 18 months, they're hoping to have the new Ruth Byck Center opened right across the street from this one.
A ceremonial groundbreaking is scheduled for next month.