Investigators have identified the man who was killed Thursday night after a plowed through his Chesterfield residence as 54-year-old Bill Hillsman.
Police say the driver of a 2008 Kia Sedona was driving west on Robious Road on Chesterfield when the driver appeared to have a medical episode, causing him to swerve across the road and over a snow embankment which sent the car airborne into Hillsman’s home.
Family say Hillsman was inside his kitchen eating dinner when the car went flying through the house. They say he died instantly.
“He probably could have won the lottery quicker than something like this happening,” said Hillsman’s brother Tom Hillsman.
Tom added of his brother, “He was just a great guy, just a great guy.”
T. Hillsman says it’s devastated the family, and the death has also taken a toll on what residents describe as a close knit community.
Lisa Patelski called Bill a friend, and brought her children to lay flowers in front of his home Friday.
“It’s just really sad to see this happen in our little community,” said Patelski.
“I was very, very fond of the man, he was a part of the association and worked very hard for us,” added homeowner’s association president John Lamsens.
For now the family says they’re leaning on another to get through the tragedy.
“We’re all strong in our faith and will just rely on each other, and we’ll get by,” said T. Hillsman.
The family also praised the work of emergency responders who they credit for helping them get through the difficult death.
The driver and a passenger of the car were transported to the hospital with non life threatening injuries.