Family Stuck in Apartment Damaged from Car Crash

Family Stuck in Apartment Damaged from Car Crash

The apartment complex has taken photos of the damage, but no one has tried to fix anything. The family doesn't feel safe staying in their home, but they don't have an alternative.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Frustration and aggravation are replacing fear and relief for a Frayser mom almost killed over the weekend.

She and her two-year-old daughter were fast asleep when a car crashed into their bedroom early Sunday morning. Apartment managers still haven't done a thing to clean up the mess.

The apartment complex has taken photos of the damage, but no one has tried to fix anything. The family doesn't feel safe staying in their home, but they don't have an alternative.

Sharnique Ambrose's bedroom is an absolute wreck. She and two-year-old Taylor are lucky to be alive. Ambrose's relief is turning to worry about what she'll do next. She says managers at Frayser's RidgeCrest Apartments are no help.

"(I'm told) basically she doesn't have any vacancies right now for me," she tells abc24.com. "I can't get another apartment."

That doesn't sit well with the 21-year-old. The plywood covering the hole in her bedroom wall is a temporary fix.

"I don't want to leave my place like this. I lost a few things when the car hit. It's easy for them to take that off and take the rest of the stuff I do have."

She's also fighting the weather. "It was cold last night so it was cold in here. We stuffed it, but it still was chilly."

Neighbors tell us the situation isn't surprising.

"We had a break-in and they won't come fix it." Erica Mitchell's asked management repeatedly to fix her door. "She said they don't have the manpower to fix it."

So Mitchell's living with a board placed in front of it. "I have to put a log under here at nighttime to secure it so nobody can come in," she says. "This is like the roughest neighborhood in Frayser and this is fine?"

"Even if they do to come fix this, there is still fear being in this room knowing that a car came up on the bed," Ambrose says. "I still fear it may happen again."

The RidgeCrest Apartments are HUD housing. They're managed by Tesco Properties out of Germantown. Our calls to the company haven't been returned.
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