Mercedes crashed into newly built family home

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Builder who spent two years working on dream family home is left devastated after a Mercedes crashes into the wall weeks after he moved in and caused £100,000 in damage

  •  Builder Jack Walther worked around the clock building his family’s dream home 
  • A driver smashed his car into the corner of the house in Kettering, Northants
  • The accident caused £100,000 of damage and has shifted the house slightly  

A young man spent two years building his dream home only for a car to drive into its kitchen just a few weeks after his family moved in. 

Jack Walther, 33, who runs a building company with his father, woke up to a car smashed into the side of his house after years of work and money spent building the family-home in Kettering, Northants. 

The accident shifted the house by two centimetres with a crack going from the kitchen up to the top of the bedroom window and has caused £100,000 of damage.  

Builder Jack Walther (pictured), 33, spent two years building his family-home before a driver crashed into the house causing £100,000 of damage

Pictired: Jack's house before the accident

Pictured: The car smashed into the house

The builder had been working 12-hour days to finish his house (Pictured left) for his wife and his two sons. Jack’s wife Katie, a paramedic, made sure the 25-year-old driver, who was slumped in his seat with the airbags off, was okay. Pictured right: The accident 

The utility room has cracks in it, the back door is stiff to open, the plastic on the windows has cracked. 

Jack’s wife Katie, a paramedic, made sure the 25-year-old driver, who was slumped in his seat with the airbags off, was okay. 

He had come to by the time the ambulance arrived when he was put on a stretcher and later arrested.  

 ‘I thought he was dead,’ said Jack.  

Astoundingly Jack and Katie’s sons, two and five, were completely unstirred by the whole accident and did not wake up. 

Jack said: ‘Our little boys bed, Henry, is just above where the car impacted the wall.

‘We didn’t sleep for the rest of the night and every noise we heard, we kept getting up.

‘It was all a bit of a blur’.

Pictured: The crack from the outside of the house

Pictured: The crack from the inside of the house

The accident caused a crack going from the kitchen to the top of the bedroom window and shifted the house by two centimetres. Pictured left: The crack from the outside of the house. Pictured right: The crack from the inside of the house

The builder had been working 12-hour days to finish his house and had only just finished painting the kitchen before the accident. 

He said: ‘I feel very angry about the situation. 

‘As time goes on, I’m getting more annoyed about it because I know how expensive it will be and how we will have to move out. 

‘We’re not sleeping as well as we normally do.’        

‘It cost a lot to build and all of our energy and time went into it; it was a labour of love. 

‘The kitchen will have to be re-plastered, rewired and we need a whole new kitchen.

‘This was our dream home, me and my father built it.

Jack (pictured with his wife Katie) and his family are able to live in one side of the house but they have to try and not use the kitchen

Jack (pictured with his wife Katie) and his family are able to live in one side of the house but they have to try and not use the kitchen

‘One end of the house is liveable but we try not to use the kitchen.

‘I don’t know if the insurance will pay out for it; I don’t know what’s going to happen yet.

‘It needs fixing.  

‘I’m only 33 and we’ve managed to build our own dream home and someone has wrecked it’.          

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