Teen reacts after being pinned under car in Aberdeen

Tyler Sisselberger escaped with only cuts, burns
Posted at 11:27 PM, Jul 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-06 06:48:22-04

Tyler Sisselberger says he's lucky to be alive after a car crashed through a home Tuesday night and landed on top of him.

"It was really traumatic. I'm not going to say I'm traumatized because I can move on from this moment.

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Aberdeen police said the driver, Sabrina Bond, lost control on Edmund St. around 11:30 p.m. after being passed by a pick up truck. Police say she then accelerated, vaulted a curb and crashed through the wall.

Sisselberger was falling asleep on his grandparents couch after celebrating Independence Day, and wound up pinned under the front of the sedan.

"At some points it got hard to breathe. It was very tight but every now and then they would lift it up just a little bit, and I could kind of move my arms to get comfortable while I was under there," he said.

For over an hour, rescue crews worked to free him as Sisselberger worked to stay calm.

"I just made sure I controlled my breathing," he said. "I had one of the firemen, he was holding my hand. He was there with me and made sure I was staying calm.

Sisselberger says firefighters had concerns about the stability of the house and the car. Eventually, they got him out and flew him to Shock Trauma in Baltimore for treatment.

"When I finally got unstuck from under the car, I felt so good. I felt so happy and I did feel free," he says.

The 16-year-old suffered some cuts and burns, but no broken bones or fractures.

The driver of the car was cleared of driving under the influence and distracted driving. She has not been charged, according to Aberdeen Police.