Man's morning commute goes wrong fast
Larry Cheek stepped outside his house on Gunpowder Drive in far southern Caldwell County for a moment about 7:30 Monday morning and saw his across-the-street neighbor, who lives on a hill.
“I had gone to my car to put something in it,” Cheek said. “He was putting something in his, getting ready to go to work. I waved, and came back inside. About a minute later I heard this loud crash. I thought a tree had hit the house.”
Cheek ran back outside and saw that neighbor’s Ford Freestyle SUV had driven across Cheek’s yard, smashed into a rose bush and hit Cheek’s house. The neighbor, Jeremy Fisher, was lying in the yard beside the Ford.
“He told me he thought he hit the brake (while coming down Fisher’s driveway) and just hit the gas,” Cheek said. “I was scared that he was drug down the hill, but he was inside the vehicle when the accident happened,” then rolled out onto the lawn.
Fisher was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center with minor injuries, said N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Troy Stutts.
Fisher was issued a citation for making an unsafe movement. The house suffered minimal damage.
“The rose bush took the hardest hit, I believe,” Cheek said.