People Can Donate To Help Lukasiewicz-Blare Family At Two Banks

Both Huntington and Lake National Banks have started funds to help the family that was hospitalized when a car crashed into their home

Two banks have started funds to help the Lukasiewicz-Blare family, whose home was destroyed when a car crashed into it Sunday.

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

In the early morning hours of Sunday, a man crashed into their home on Comanche Trail, sending father Christopher Lukasiewicz, mother Tonya Blare, 3-year-old son Christopher Lukasiewicz Jr. and 18-month-old daughter Cassy Lukasiewicz to the hospital.

Since then, the family members have been recovering, said Natilee Blare, Tonya's mother.

Tonya Blare and Cassy are home from the hospital.

Christopher Lukasiewicz Jr. is still at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. He is sitting up and eating on his own. However, he has trouble talking because his jaw is fractured, Blare said.

His father had surgery earlier this week and is also recovering. He may be leaving the hospital for a rehabilitation facility soon.

The family's house will probably need to be demolished and Natilee Blare, the home owner, did not have insurance on it.

Daniel Vanderhoof Jr., 28, of Willoughby, is the man accused of crashing into the house.

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

Police think both speed and alcohol contributed to the crash, Mentor Police Lt. Ken Zbiegien said. After the crash, instead of calling an ambulance or otherwise helping, Vanderhoof left and walked back to his house in Willoughby, police said.

Vanderhoof's next court hearing is scheduled for Monday.


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