8:35 PM EST, November 8, 2012
A teenager has a strong message for the man who drove an SUV into her home.
Paige Brucker, 16, has been at Methodist Hospital since Monday night. She said she does not remember the crash. She was sitting on the couch with her mother, watching a movie when the car slammed into their home in thee 5500 block of North Drexel Avenue.
"I mostly remember (getting) up to get my laptop charger and I don't really remember it, but I guess I must've turned to get my laptop," Brucker said.
Brucker was immediately knocked out.
"And then I woke up and my dad was carrying me and my mom was like crying and my dad sounded really upset. I just kept telling them that I'm okay," Brucker said.
Detectives arrested Devon Sylvester, 21, who was driving the SUV.
"I really want to get better, but I know that I'm kind of lucky and I have God looking (over) me. So, I'm really grateful to even still be here," Brucker said.
Detectives said Sylvester admitted he had cocaine and heroin in his system.
"I kinda just want him to like go to rehab and then maybe have jail time 'cause I don't want him to do it to anyone else," Brucker said.
Despite the broken bones, bruises, and stitches, Brucker said she has plenty to smile about. She is thankful for her family who has been by her side and for her friends who have prayed for her.
"I just want them to know I'm okay and I'm getting better and I like seeing them all and I appreciate their visits," Brucker said.
Brucker could be released from the hospital on Friday.
Sylvester has been charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury, possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia.