An effort is underway to help out a homeowner in Knoxville. A car crashed into his home early Saturday morning.
It happened on Avenue A near Ellen Street.
The tow truck driver who removed that car from the home is now on a mission to help get it repaired.
Pictures from the scene show the car lodged into the Knoxville home and turned upside down.
“When I saw it, I couldn’t believe that the car got there and that everybody was ok,” said the homeowner’s daughter, Cynthia Hobbs.
Her father, Ralph Lee, was inside his home at the time. Luckily, he wasn’t hurt, but the house will likely need thousands of dollars in repairs.
“It was flabbergasting. I’ve been doing this for 10 years and the only time I’ve seen anything like that in person has usually been on the internet,” said David Lee.
David Lee is the tow truck driver called to the scene to remove the car. He’s also the one now leading the charge to help get the home fixed.
“I felt really compelled to help the man, it was just laying on my heart that he needed the help. And after speaking to his family I’ve confirmed he definitely needs the help. So I’ve taken it upon myself to try to help the man out,” David Lee said.
David created a GoFundMe and reached out to a local church – an effort to garner donations, supplies and volunteers. That should go a long way, since we’re told Ralph Lee didn’t have homeowner’s insurance.
And though David and the homeowner Ralph have the same last name: Lee, they were total strangers until this weekend.
“God has always been in our life and He was in our life that night,” Hobbs said. “My dad is an amazing person, and David stepping up and doing this, I can’t tell you how much it means to all of us.”
David is now spreading a message to always try and pay it forward.
“We got to stick together in times like this. Put all the politics and all the stuff going on beside yourselves and just remember at the end of the day if we don’t have each other, who do we have,” said David.
The owner and passenger of the vehicle, 20-year-old Mya Caudillo, returned to the scene and was treated by EMS for minor injuries. She was charged with false police report and underage consumption.
KPD is still searching for the identity of the driver of the vehicle. They ask that if anyone has any information to call the KPD crime and drug hotline, (865)-215-7212.
David Lee, the tow truck driver who responded to the crash, set up a Gofundme to help out the homeowner. If anyone would like to help the homeowner, you can visit the Gofundme by clicking here.