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UPDATE: Car crashes into Shell Rock home, drives off

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SHELL ROCK (KWWL) -

The Butler County Sheriff's Department is looking for a man who crashed into a home and then drove away.

The car smashed into a Shell Rock home around 8 a.m. Wednesday, leaving behind a gaping hole in the home.  Sherri Willey was feeding her dog when she saw a dark blue sedan driving up the road.

"He swerved back. You can see the tracks.  They swerved, and then they come back," said Willey. 

She says the car swerved back and forth for a quarter of a mile before disappearing from her line of sight behind a second home on her property.  Seconds later, Willey heard a loud bang.

"I went running up here and, by the time I got up here, I heard gravel spinning, and then I saw the car blow the stop sign," said Willey.

The hit and run has left the family shaking their heads.

"The fact they weren't thinking of what could have happened, what was in the house, was anyone inside, did somebody die, did somebody get hurt? It is frustrating," said Willey's daughter, April Hurley.

Thankfully, the nearly 80-year-old home has been empty since Willey's mother-in-law passed away in 2006.  The crash caused significant damage to the structure of the home but, surprisingly, damaged hardly any of the countless family heirlooms that were displayed in the room.

"It all got pushed. This chair got pushed into a frame right against the wall. It was very tight," said Willey.

Despite the countless delicate items in the room, only a dresser mirror was damaged.

"It was handmade by one of my husband's ancestors, so it is quite old," said Willey.

Willey describes the car as a dark blue 1990's sedan, possibly a Taurus or Impala, now with front-end damage.  She says the driver was a white male in his twenties with shoulder-length brown hair.

If you have any information, please contact the Butler County Sheriff's Department. 

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