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Sackets Harbor family moves forward, months after driver hit their house

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SACKETS HARBOR — Nearly six months after a motorist drove a car into their 220 S. Broad St. residence, the Martin family has used the crash as an opportunity to improve their home.

“We just got to get it done,” said Rickey E. Martin, a home inspector with Pillar to Post Home Inspectors.

On Sunday, Mr. Martin and a few friends were high on the home’s exterior, placing the final pieces of siding, which will protect it from the elements this winter.

The renovations have also included the transformation of the home’s front from a one-story covered porch into a two-floor addition to their home, which will include an expansion of the master bedroom. At this point, Mr. Martin said the renovations to the home was about half finished.

The final task: Fixing up the home’s interior.

The renovations at the home, located at the corner of South Broad and Edmund streets, have been underway since May 28, when Carthage resident Melissa E. Roman missed the turn from County Route 75 onto South Broad Street and drove her Ford Mustang toward the house. After hitting a boat parked in the front yard, the car blasted through the home’s porch and ended up in a room Mr. Martin used as an office. Mr. Martin and the family’s five children, who were upstairs when the crash happened, were unharmed. Mr. Martin’s wife Sarah B. was working at Samaritan Medical Center at the time of the crash.

“I thought he was playing a joke on me really,” Mrs. Martin said. “I didn’t believe him until he started sending me pictures.”

The crash happened during a period when the Martins believed they had some stability with their house. The family did extensive interior renovations after purchasing the early-1800s era home in 2011.

“I thought we’d never do renovation again, but here we are,” Mrs. Martin said. “The process all over again.”

The May 28 crash was not the first time a car had hit the home. At the time of the crash, Richard G. “Butch” Coseo, sergeant in charge for the Sackets Harbor Police Department, said he had multiple similar instances when he owned the house.

In the event of a future crash, drivers will find a much more imposing front to the house. Mr. Martin said he has reinforced the home’s front with concrete.

“If anybody ever hits it again, they’re not going through it,” Mr. Martin said.

Mr. Martin said the work so far has cost about three times as much as the insurance settlement, even with his personal labor, but he did not want to talk financial specifics.

The goal is for the work at the home to be finished by this summer.

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