The bedroom of Mark Raposa was trashed after a car crashed through the wall while he was sleeping. It was driven by Yousel Lopez Rivera, 20, who is accused of shooting Cape Coral police Officer David Wagoner during a traffic stop Saturday. / Thomas Stewart/news-press.com
Cape Coral Officer David Wagoner continues to recover at Lee Memorial Hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
Well-wishers have donated food and other items to help the family.
An officer is positioned outside his room at all times.
Anyone wishing to donate to Wagoner and his family can do so at any TIB Bank location under the “Cape Coral FOP Special Needs Account.”
Anyone wishing to contact the family whose home was destroyed can call Lisa Ayala at 239-687-9477.
The Jarvis family has something to be thankful for, even if they have until Thursday to find a new place to live.
The family is grateful their 22-year-old son, Mark Raposa, is alive.
Raposa was sleeping Saturday morning when a car driven by Yousel Lopez Rivera, 20, plowed into his bedroom after Rivera allegedly shot Cape Coral Police Officer David Wagoner, records show. The Cadillac sedan exploded through Raposa’s bedroom wall, missing his head by inches and sending him airborne through the bedroom's door.
Mark's room is a mess of drywall and cracked concrete blocks, a gaping hole in the wall covered by a sheet of plywood.
"He was riding the door like it was a surfboard," said his sister, Amanda Raposa.
Sporting a tire burn from his right shoulder to his elbow, Mark tried to walk it off but didn't make it far.
"He walked out the door and fell on the ground, blood pouring out," said Larry Jarvis, his father. He was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released.
He didn’t break any bones, but he is sore, his family said.
Amanda Raposa, Jarvis' daughter, said she was planning to take a shower before the crash but decided against it.”I said, ‘no,’ I'll wait," she said.
About five minutes later, the impact split the walls surrounding the shower and sent rubble flying into the bathroom.
The family then ran outside to see a car protruding from their home, with Rivera and his girlfriend, 17-year-old Anaidis Portillo, fleeing the scene, they said.
After chasing and yelling at the two, Portillo returned.
The family learned Monday they will be able to return to their rented home of two years at 1138 Santa Barbara Blvd. North after it is fixed, but repairs are expected to take months.
The city condemned the home.
"The inspector said the crash shifted the house an inch or two to the left," Jarvis said.
Jarvis pointed to cracks on the walls and ceilings and said the bathroom isn't much good anymore either.
The family has doubts about continuing to live in a corner property off a main road but they are eager to resume their lives. The first hurdle, though, is finding temporary housing they can afford.
The family had just paid rent for the month.
The family must leave their two hotel rooms, which are being paid for by the Red Cross.
"At least the officer's OK," said Jarvis. "I hope we make it."
"The problem is, most people want a year's lease," said Jarvis' wife, Lisa Ayala.
"We're about ready to pull our hair out," Ayala said. "We're hoping someone will help us out."