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Mentor: Fund set up for family after home destroyed

4:45 PM, Dec 17, 2012   |    comments
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MENTOR -- Police say that two banks have started funds to help the Lukasiewicz-Blare family, whose home was destroyed when a car crashed through it Dec. 9.

Lake National Bank and Huntington National Bank have set up accounts and are accepting donations.

That morning police say, Daniel Vanderhoof Jr., 28, of Willoughby, drove his vehicle into their Comanche Trail home.

The accident sent Christopher Lukasiewicz, Tonya Blare, their three-year-old son Christopher Lukasiewicz Jr. and 18-month-old daughter Cassy Lukasiewicz to the hospital.

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The home is owned by Tonya's mother and she had no insurance on the home.

Mother and daughter are out of the hospital while Christopher Lukasiewicz Jr. is still at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital.

Vanderhoof was arraigned on four charges of aggravated vehicular assault Dec. 10 in Mentor Municipal Court, as well as charges of drunken driving, driving without a license, reckless operation and fleeing the scene of a crash.

After the crash, instead of calling an ambulance or checking on the home's occupants, Vanderhoof left and walked back to his house in Willoughby, police said.

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