YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A Youngstown woman doesn’t know what a ton of bricks feels like, but she has a good idea of what it looks like.
Becky Shelton was running behind Tuesday morning when she heard a sound she will never forget, looked outside and saw bricks covering her car.
“What if I had been on time for work yesterday? That would’ve been me underneath all those bricks,” Shelton said.
The bricks had fallen off an apartment building next door, at 145 E. Midlothian Boulevard, and landed on her car.
The side windows on her car are now gone, along with the mirror. The front windshield was shattered, and the hood was dented. The vehicle was totaled.
Shelton said she had to tell her boss that she wouldn’t be in to work that day.
“I said, ‘Well, let me send him pictures first, because it would almost be like the dog ate my homework,'” she said.
Shelton said she is still waiting for answers from the property owner, who she has not been able to reach, and she said her frustration is climbing.
The owners of the property are Michael and Sheryl Wheatley, according to the Mahoning County Auditor’s website.
Shelton said she is not willing to sit, watch and wonder if the next wind gust will bring down more of the bricks. She has only talked with the landlord of the neighboring building, who told her the owner is on vacation.
“I asked for a claim number so that I can turn it into my insurance, so that I can get a process going, because I can’t be stuck at home,” she said. “I have a premature baby in the house, and if something happens, I can’t get out of my driveway.”
Youngstown Code Enforcement said it has tried to contact the owner to ask him to fix the bricks. The department said the rest of the 19-unit structure appears to be sound.
Shelton said she sees more bricks, teetering on the edge of falling, and feels that could be a disaster waiting to happen.
“This is unsafe, and the wall is still coming down,” she said. “All it would take is a little kid to walk past there, and the bricks would come down for somebody to be hurt.”