Resident of damaged building speaks out

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – The apartment that Ashley Williams lives in is condemned. She hasn't been let back in to her home since Saturday when an SUV crashed through the front of the building.

"I was actually at the beach when I got a call from the property manager telling me that the apartment was condemned," said Williams.

After 4 days, crews finally removed the SUV from the structure. It happened live during our noon newscast. Ashley, however, is still forced to live elsewhere until the building is safe to move back in.

"It's rough," said Williams. "I have a pet. I have a dog so not everybody is willing to accommodate somebody and their pet."

The property that Ashley lives in is owned by The Hanson Company, a community based real estate development business. Earlier Tuesday, the owner explained that allowing residents back in to the building might take some time.

"It's a meticulous process," said owner, Kelvin Hanson. "They can't just go in with a shovel and start scooping stuff up."

Tuesday night, our calls went unanswered when we tried to find out if residents would be back in by Thursday as they claim they were told.

Since her apartment suffered no damage from the crash, Ashley considers herself lucky.

"I'm grateful, not only for my own belongings but grateful that everybody made it out okay."

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