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Victim of South Bend plane crash in need of transportation

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    A small private aircraft clipped two houses before smashing into a third, killing two people inside the plane and forcing the evacuation of nearby homes in a northern Indiana neighborhood on Sunday afternoon.More >>
    A small private aircraft clipped two houses before smashing into a third, killing two people inside the plane and leaking enough jet fuel to force the evacuation of nearby homes in a northern Indiana neighborhood on Sunday afternoon.More >>

It's been three weeks since a plane crashed into a South Bend neighborhood, killing two people on board.

Three homes were demolished following the crash. One of them belonged to Patricia Kobalski.

She and her six year old son were in the house when the plane crashed and survived.

"Through no fault of my own, everything's just been turned upside down," says Kobalski.

Kobalski and her son left their home on Iowa street with just the clothes on their back and a few keepsakes.

The following weeks have been anything but normal.

"Just seemed like everything comes at you all at once. So many things to do, so many things to I guess, sort out," says Kobalski.

Kobalski's homeowner's insurance covered an apartment for her to live in, but there's one big thing missing from her life: her car.

She says she only had liability insurance and not comprehensive coverage, so right now she's in limbo.

"I've been relying on other people to take me where I need to go. Right now I'm driving a rental and I can't feasibly do that forever," says Kobalski.

Kobalski says all she wants is to have what she did just three weeks ago. Self-sufficiency.

"I just want what I had before. I want to be able to take my son to school, go to work, go grocery shopping and not, you know, I want to be self reliant and not rely on everyone else," says Kobalski.

She says she'll just have to take things one day at a time until everything sorts itself out, "I don't know if it'll ever be normal again. It's just a shift."

The NTSB released a preliminary report that stated investigators believe the plane lost electricity and hydraulics before it crashed into the homes.

Kobalski's attorney says it may be until the full report is released in nine to twelve months before everything is sorted out.

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