Photo’s Courtesy of the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office
“It was about 10:30 last night and I was sitting watching tv on the couch and all of a sudden I heard a loud noise and some tires squealing and I jumped up to see what that was and as soon as I jumped up, all I heard was a loud boom!” That was what first alerted Sheldon Ketch to the fact that 20 year old Makaila Bourgoine’s car crashed into the side of his house. Bourgoine lost control of her car after she swerved to miss a moose. Ketch said that he, “had to help move some of the house away from the doors so we could get the doors open and she had to crawl through the back seat and get out and she was really shook up, but she was fine.”
Scott Greenier, who owns Scott’s Meat Shop, just up the road from Ketch’s house, saw all of the commotion. It wasn’t until morning that he heard what actually happened. He said, “hearing that story actually shocks me because you wouldn’t think that that car would have hit that house because it’s quite a little distance from the road to the house. So…that’s the first thing that comes to my mind…how did that car hit that house?” Jeff Robertson, owner of Beaulieu’s garage, removed the car from the house. He said “the car was probably 2/3 of the way, of the car, into the home and we had to back up and remove it from the home and remove it from the property. The front of the car was obviously a total loss.”
There’s extensive damage to this house as the car veered off the road, came in and smashed against the wall, leaving glass and debris on the road, causing a lot of damage, both inside and out. But Ketch says this could have been a lot worse…as the room is actually a bedroom that his girlfriends children often sleep in. He said “that’s been in my thought, because I know that they’d have been in bed and I’m sure that would have traumatized them or injured them. I’m sure it was just a one time thing, but it will always be in my mind now.”
Ketch says he is thankful that the accident wasn’t more serious and is looking forward to putting it all behind him. No charges are being filed. Fortunately the home is insured. Robertson says moose will become more common over the next few weeks as the flies come out. He recommends that everyone slow down, keep their eyes open and watch closely for wildlife.