Mentor: Family together again after driver destroys home

6:11 PM, Jan 4, 2013   |    comments
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MENTOR -- Tonya Blare knows the meaning of blessings.

This week, her three-year-old son Christopher finally left Cleveland Clinic's Pediatric Rehabilitation Center after two weeks of intense physical, occupational and speech therapy. 

Prior to that, he spent a week in Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital being treated for a head injury and a shattered eye socket that damaged his peripheral vision. 

While the family slept on Dec. 9, police say an intoxicated Daniel Vanderhoof Jr. drove his car into and almost through their Mentor home. 

Chris Lukasiewicz and his son Christopher were pinned beneath the car. Tonya awoke finding herself straddling the front tire on the opposite side and little 18-month-old Cassy was asleep in a play pen that was nearly crushed by the car. 

The bed in the master bedroom and the couch stopped the car from going through the entire house. 

Chris came home on Christmas Day and is now healing from  a shattered arm. Plates and pins are holding the bones together.  He also has a torn rotator cuff and an eight-inch deep gash in his back that may take several months to heal. 

Little Christopher had a fractured skull and is now dealing with weakness in his right side and must relearn his language skills.

Cassy and Tonya suffered minor injuries but the family is still shaken by the event. They're now living with Tonya's mother and her boyfriend until they can rebuild their lives.

Their home was destroyed.

Vanderhoof is still in jail awaiting a court date.

The family says donations are being accepted at Huntington Bank, under the Blare-Lukasiewicz name.


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