Alleged drunk driver crashes into pastor’s home

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Police say a drunk driver crashed into a pastor’s house near Delaware Park in North Buffalo.

Reverend Jason Vansuch, his wife and twin 17-month-old girls live in the church-owned home on Amherst Street and Nottingham Terrace. The family was sound asleep when a driver crashed into their home around 4:30 a.m. on Friday.

Rev. Vansuch said, “My wife and I heard a loud boom, thinking a car ran into a house, not thinking it was our house.”

When he looked outside he saw a car’s tail lights on his front lawn.

Rev. Vansuch said, “So we called 911, ran outside and I saw the driver. I said, ‘Are you okay?’ He said, ‘Yes, are you okay?’ I said ‘Yes.’ He just said he blacked out.”

Police say the driver, a man in his 20s, is being charged with drunk driving.

Rev. Vansuch said, “He just said he was coming home from his girlfriend’s house, he was on his way to work. He was a construction worker.”

It’s unclear if the driver was really on his way to work, but police say he was drunk.

“This family has such a strong faith and they truly believe this cross saved their lives,” said Rev. Vansuch. “We believe in every moment of our lives God is always there even those darkest moments, there’s always brightness. Thank God no one was injured, no one was killed.”

Rev. Vansuch is the Parish Priest at St. George Orthodox Church next door.

“My father was a priest. He died of a massive heart attack six years ago. Since then I learned every second, every minute of every day, is precious moment.”

In this moment he’s thankful his family is alive and well. The reverend says they have insurance and will rebuild.

The driver’s name hasn’t been released. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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