5 children hospitalized after car crashes through Rochester living room

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A Rochester woman is facing charges after police say she drove her car into the living room of a home on Thomas Street, sending five children to the hospital.

According to the Rochester Police Department, Jawanda Chandler, 47 of Rochester, has been charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and third degree aggravated unlicensed operation.

According to the Rochester Fire Department, the children — all ages 2 to 13 — and a 36-year-old Rochester woman, were inside the home on Tuesday around 5:30 p.m. when a 2010 Hyundai struck the house.

“The entire vehicle came to rest inside the front room of the occupied dwelling,” police said in a statement.

Richard Grayson was nearby and saw the entire crash happen. He told News 8 that he heard a loud boom.

“We were sitting in the yard there and all of a sudden we seen this car come speeding down the road there and went straight across, passed through the stop sign and ran right inside the house, the whole car was inside, looked like she pulled up and parked,” Grayson said.

Grayson and other neighbors were quick to rush over and help the family.

“That was the first time I’ve seen something like that. I mean, we all jumped up and came running over here to see if anybody got hurt,” Grayson said.

All five children were transported to Strong Memorial Hospital. According to police, their injuries are not considered to be life-threatening. The 36 year old female was not injured.

The home was declared uninhabitable. The Red Cross has been called to assist the family with shelter and supplies. A GoFundMe fundraiser has also been set up for the family.

Chandler is due to appear in court on July 30.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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