The couple injured earlier this month when a car crashed into their apartment are looking for help from the community, saying they have lost nearly everything after the incident.
Allen Ternes, 20, and his fiancee, Heather Messer, 18, were sitting in their Stones Crossing apartment on Riverview Road the night of Feb. 13. They had just bought a Nintendo Wii and were excited to play it.
All of a sudden, Ternes said, they heard a "big boom" and squealing tires.
"Before we could tell what it was, we had a car sitting in our living room," he told The Herald.
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The couple, confused, ran out of the back door when they saw smoke, and called the police. The two were taken to the hospital and released later that day.
Also taken by EMS to Piedmont Medical Center was Michael Brendon Moore, 24, of York, the driver of the 2003 Mazda that crashed into the apartment, said Lance Cpl. Billy Elder with the Highway Patrol.
Moore was driving north on Riverview Road when he went off the roadway and struck the apartment, Elder said. He was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
He has been charged with driving under the influence.
Effects from the incident linger.
"We're getting better little by little," Ternes said Thursday. "We have flashbacks where we can't sleep. ...I just picture the walls crumbling."
While they salvaged the Wii and the television, they lost everything else, including their bedroom and living room furniture, and most of their clothes. They are currently staying with Ternes' grandmother; and while they've found another apartment, they have nothing to move into it and no way to recover what they lost.
"We had gotten [our furniture] little by little, but now it's all gone," he said.
Diane Allen, Ternes' grandmother, has set up an account for the couple at Arrowpointe Federal Credit Union, called "Special Account for Allen Ternes and/or Heather Messer." Checks can be made out to either the couple or one of them.
Arrowpointe Credit Union locations can be found at 316 Old Pointe School Road and 462 Anderson Road in Rock Hill, and 305 N. Catawba St. in Lancaster.
"They have nothing at all right now, so anything will be appreciated," she said.
No matter what, Ternes is confident it won't affect the couple's wedding. The two of them, who have been together for about a year, are shooting for a July or August date.
"We can't let that get in our way," Ternes said.
Want to help?
Donations can be made to Allen Ternes or Heather Messer at any Arrowpointe Federal Credit Union location. An account, "Special Account for Allen Ternes and/or Heather Messer," has been set up, and checks can be made out to the couple or either one of them.
Arrowpointe credit union locations can be found at 316 Old Pointe School Road and 462 Anderson Road in Rock Hill, and 305 N. Catawba St. in Lancaster.