A 15-year-old is lucky to be alive, he wanted to go out with his friends Friday night, but his mom told him it would be safer to stay home. So he was sitting on the couch watching TV when the unthinkable happened.

"I heard this big explosion," said Mario Arriaza.

The explosion was his uncle's jeep crashing through the living room wall.

His uncle wasn't driving, he wasn't even in the car, this jeep was parked in the driveway, it was slammed into by an out of control mini-van that sent it barreling through the living room -- right into the couch 15-year-old Mario Arriaza was sitting on watching TV.

"It pushed me and I landed over there I turned around and the jeep was there and I ran to get my uncle." said Arriaza.

It turns out the driver of the mini-van went into diabetic shock and lost control.

A photo taken during the day could have been could Arriaza's last, it was taken during the day when he and his younger brother officially became US citizens at a special ceremony with Congressman Tim Bishop.

His father only bought the house on Tarpon Avenue in Medford a couple of months ago, it was his dream house.

"I worked my whole life to get a house," said Gonzalo Menendez.

Despite the destruction and a cut on his son's hand Menendez is just glad Mario is okay.

"I'm so happy that nothing happened to him I don't care about the house or the cars I was concerned about how he was," Menendez told PIX 11 News.

"I was very scared," admitted Arriaza.

Not only is he lucky he wasn't crushed on the couch, he could have been impaled by flying 2" x 4"s which wound up sticking into the opposite wall right above the TV.