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Suspected Drunk Driver Creates Close Call For Bedford County Family

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By: Heather Graf

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. - A Bedford County family is holding tight to each other after an accident and a close call that nearly took a child's life.  It happened at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, at USA Printing on Troupe Road.

Owner Don Hicks says his 17-year-old son and 18-month-old grandson often spend time inside the building, long after the shop shuts down.

That was the case Saturday evening.

"Literally, the whole entire shop just imploded," said Don's son, Matthew Hicks.  "The first thing I thought was, ‘Oh my goodness, Kayden.'"

That's because Matthew's infant son was sleeping in a back corner of the building.  Matthew says there was no time to react.

"I saw my car coming at me, and then a white truck, literally coming through the ceiling," he recalls.

The man behind the wheel took out two stop signs and hit Matthew's parked car so hard that both vehicles went airborne and straight into the building.

Matthew was on the opposite side of the building when the crash happened.  He immediately went running in search of his son.

"The whole entire garage door was down, and I was trying to life it up, to get Kayden out from under it," he said. 

Several neighbors heard what happened and rushed to his side.  Together, they were able to get to Kayden.

Incredibly, the little boy was not hurt.

"It's a miracle the baby is with us today," said Don.

NewsChannel 5 has not yet been able to confirm whether the driver of that vehicle has been charged with DUI.

The Hicks family says it was obvious to them and officers on the scene that he'd been drinking.

They also say the driver apologized several times before being loaded into an ambulance.  No word on his condition.

The damage to the business is extensive, but still, the family knows they are lucky.

"It's just material stuff," said Matthew.  "You can't replace family."

USA Printing will be closed for just a few days while insurance adjustors inspect the damage to the building.

The owners want their customers to know they'll be open again very soon.



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