Siblings Kenzie and Blake Truman stand near the mailbox that was destroyed and the large divot the car made in the front yard of their family's home.
‘Miracle’ saved family from tragedy
By Chris Strunk
Last Updated: September 14, 2017
Jason Truman called it a miracle.
It's the only way he can explain the harrowing close call his family experienced this weekend.
Why did he pull into the driveway when he did but to yank his son to safety? What if his young daughter was playing inches closer to the mailbox in the front yard when the sports car came whizzing by?
The mailbox was destroyed, and Truman and his wife, Jennifer, are hugging their three children just a little tighter this week. They're grateful that they're alive.
“It's very much a miracle," Truman said. “I can't explain it any other way."
Truman and his family found themselves in the middle of a police chase that saw a teenage suspect speed through their Prairie Lakes neighborhood Sept. 2 with an apparently stolen Dodge Challenger, bound through at least three yards and crash into a telephone pole after the boy jumped out of the moving vehicle.
The suspect, whose name has not been released, was arrested minutes later after he was spotted in the back seat of a car he hired through Uber to drive him away from Valley Center.
“Fireworks," said Blake Truman, Jason's 8-year-old son. “Like the mailbox was exploding."
Jason Truman said he saw the Challenger barreling down Stoneridge toward his house, which sits at the intersection with Appleton.
Truman said the vehicle hit the driveway of his neighbor's house to the south, went airborne, landed in his yard, hit his mailbox and kept traveling north.
Truman said the vehicle grazed his 6-year-old daughter Kenzie's right arm, enough to leave a sizable welt, before Truman grabbed Blake and whisked him toward the house to safety.
Truman said he felt the car fly by him.
“The grace of God is the only thing that kept anything worse from happening," he said.
It wasn't the only close call that the Charger created.
Tire marks clearly indicate that the vehicle, which by this time had lost a front tire, left Ford (77th) just southwest of the Prairie Lakes subdivision, maneuvering between a stone wall and a small tree without hitting either, cruising between two houses, turning north on Gatewood, which is the entrance to the neighborhood, traveling through the grass at the intersection with Stoneridge and Eastridge and continuing north on Stoneridge.
Brad Stroud, who lives in the first house on Gatewood, said he heard the car coming through his yard, but wasn't sure what it was.
Witnesses said it must have been traveling at least 40 mph.
The car went through Truman's yard and traveled north before a pole finally stopped it.
Truman and Stroud couldn't believe the car didn't hit a house or other vehicles. They said the subdivision is normally teeming with children, but figured the holiday weekend took many out of town.
It could've been a different story.
“There's so much that happened within seconds," Truman said. “… God was looking out for us. That's all I know."