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Macon family struggling with repairs after van crashes into home in shooting

Barbara Wilson says she's contacted her insurance company but they can't help her yet. They told Wilson she must provide more information from investigators.

MACON, Ga. — A Macon family is struggling to fix damage to their home after a driver who was fatally shot crashed into it two weeks ago.

"I don't want to die, I don't want to die, I don't want to die," Barbara Wilson says those are the words she recalls her 7-year-old granddaughter, Kaylin, yelling the night of Nov. 19.

"I was sitting and eating at the couch. I was watching something on the TV -- I couldn't remember -- and then a van crashed into our house," said Kaylin.

A release from the Bibb County Sheriff's Office says investigators got the call about a person shot in a car on Rice Place around 7 p.m. Deputies found 44-year-old James Smith shot in the chest.

Wilson says Smith crashed into the front of her house, and now she's struggling to fix it.

"You know, I don't even have a front door anymore, I'm having to board it up. My front wall over here, from here, all the way to over here, has to be replaced, inside and out, and my door and my doorframe," said Wilson as she showed the damage done to the home.

She says it's a scary moment she can't forget.

"I know I have really bad PTSD from it because every time I see a car coming, I panic," she said.

"If that van would have went right here, it would've went on me. I'm glad it went to the door, but at the same time, I'm not glad. Sometimes, I think about it when I'm not in the living room, but when I am in the living room, I think about it," Kaylin said.

Wilson says she's contacted her insurance company, but they can't help her yet. They told Wilson she must provide more information from investigators about the car Smith was driving, but so far, the sheriff's office hasn't done that.

For now, Wilson is on her own, and says she'd appreciate help from anyone who can give it. There haven't been any arrests made yet in Smith's death.