An 11-year-old girl from Kentucky told authorities she crashed a truck into a family home because she "wanted to kill people."
Joshua Pate and five children were inside the home in Louisville at the time of the crash but were unharmed, according to WDRB.
"It sounded like a bomb went off," said Pate. "Everybody was in shock. Everybody’s still in shock."
Pate said he has gotten home from work at around 2:30 p.m. Nov. 24 when the truck suddenly slammed into the living room. Five children were in the house at the time, and Pate believes a couch was the only thing that saved their lives.
"The loveseat slid around and made kind of like a barrier ... the back of it is kind of high and I think the kids just slid with the loveseat," he said.
The 11-year-old, whose family said she has autism, was not injured. She told authorities she drove into the house on purpose.
“[The officer] couldn’t believe what she said. He was like ‘excuse me?’ And she said, ‘I wanted to kill people.’ And he said ‘I’m sorry, what did you say?’ And she said, ‘I wanted to kill people,'” said Pate.
The girl crashed into another vehicle only seconds before barrelling into Pate's living room, according to KMOV. Kristina Bryan said the truck slammed into her car, totaling her car.
“Where was the parents when this little girl even got into the car?" asked Bryan, who escaped the crash with only minor injuries. "How did this little girl even get access to the keys?”
Bryan adds that she was lucky her 11-month-old twins weren't in the vehicle at the time of the crash.
The girl's grandmother believes the 11-year-old was influenced by a cartoon where a character steals the keys to a car, according to WDRB. The family has tried to hide the keys, as the girl has previously attempted to grab them off the counter.
Pate's family won't be able to go back to their home for at least a month while the house is repaired. While he said that he forgives the girl, he's still waiting for an apology from her family.
“All we want is an apology from the family, pretty much," he said. "We haven’t heard from them and haven’t heard from anybody."
Pate and Bryan both plan to pursue legal action against the girl's family. While the Louisville Metro Police Department is investigating the situation, a spokesperson doubts any charges will be filed.