CUYAHOGA FALLS — Even as Tanya Mooney and her boyfriend Thad Pudlik are trying to get their Hollywood Avenue home put back together after a car crashed through it April 29, they are also looking for an important family member.
"We are trying everything we can to try and get our kitty back," said Mooney. "Our lives have been flipped upside down since the crash and we are displaced and we just want our family to be reunited."
Geo, an approximately 8-year-old male cat, is believed to have run from the home after the crash. A flier Mooney and Pudlik have been distributing describes him as "friendly but shy and probably scared."
According to a police accident report, a 43-year-old Hudson Drive woman northbound on Norwood Street at Orville Avenue apparently either fainted or fell asleep at the wheel around 12:30 a.m. She then reportedly swerved and drove several blocks up the left side of Norwood, striking two street signs as she went, crossed Hollywood and drove into Mooney and Pudlik's front yard and through their living room before finally coming to a stop in the kitchen.
Police estimated the woman was traveling at about 55 mph at the time of the impact, but no injuries to her were reported.
"We were watching TV on the couch in front of the window and we heard some sort of sound and [Thad] looked out the window, saw the headlights and kind of shoved me out of the way and the car hit the house," said Mooney.
The woman was cited with failure to control. Mooney said she and Pudlik suffered only minor scrapes and bruises.
Geo was nowhere to be found after the crash.
"We didn't see him escape, but he was with us when it happened and then there's no sign of him after," she said. "When all the rubble and the car was cleared out, there's no sign of him and he's not in the house. So the assumption is he got out somehow."
Geo, who was adopted from a shelter about two years ago, is one of two cats in the household. The other, a female, was found safe after she came out from where she was hiding in a wall.
"She came out a couple of hours later, yelling her head off like 'What the heck just happened,'" said Mooney, adding that the fire department checked the wall later, but did not find Geo also hiding in it.
Anyone seeing Geo is asked to call Mooney at 330-968-9008 or Pudlik at 702-332-1162.
Mooney said last week she and Pudlik are dealing with their insurance company to get repairs made. They do not have an cost estimate yet.
Meanwhile, they have been staying at a motel, but the insurance company is providing them temporarily with an apartment to stay in.
"It will be about three or four months before we're back in it," said Mooney.
Reporter Jeff Saunders can be reached at 330-541-9431, email@example.com or @JeffSaunders_RP.