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Car crashes into Raleigh home

Posted March 16, 2011

— A car crashed through a house on October Road in Raleigh on Wednesday afternoon.

Raleigh fire officials said the driver drove through the dining room of the home at 1613 October Road just before 3 p.m.

The dining room and bathroom behind it were destroyed.

Homeowner Jim Morrison said he was walking downstairs when he heard what sounded like an explosion. 

"I immediately run into my dining room and see this nice, white Lexus sitting in my dining room," Morrison said. "My dining room table is no where to be found and there's a woman in the car trying to get out of the car." 

Morrison said the woman driving the vehicle attempted to leave the scene, but he was able to keep her there until authorities arrived.

The driver, whose name hasn’t been released, wasn’t injured. Raleigh police were trying to determine if she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.

Morrison had to vacate the home because firefighters said it isn't structurally safe.


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  • kris10asu Mar 17, 2011

    I live in this neighborhood. It was not an older driver. It was a younger woman...maybe in her 30's? Rumor has it that she was "huffing keyboard spray" in the car while driving. I believe I heard that the man of the house even saw her do it while still sitting in the car in his dining room! If that is true, that is just sad. I'm thankful she did not hurt anyone, and especially any kids. There are dozens of kids who live here & play outside all the time.

  • mjbinnc1 Mar 17, 2011

    This is on my street and it definitely frightens me. What if my kids or other neighborhood kids had been outside? People fly in this neighborhood all the time and take the curve going way too fast. (and that includes the school bus, too) I'm amazed that something hasn't happened before now. Seriously, though - if this woman were getting high, I really hope that she will face some serious consequences. Maybe that would send a message to her and to others that it's dangerous. She was definitely being wreckless to jump a curb, miss a tree, go through bushes and end up completely in their dining room.

  • gopack07 Mar 17, 2011

    "This is my coworkers house. Her husband has a picture of the driver sucking on a can of computer duster while her car is sitting in his living room. The police took the can from her when they arrived. What more proof do they need?????"

    Whoops..did not read this before posting. Did anyone see the huffer on Intervention? She was sooo messed up. I think she huffed 2-3 cans per day.

  • gunny462 Mar 17, 2011

    "older drivers"

    And this has anything to do with this... I mean no where in this article do I see it was a senior cit.

  • gopack07 Mar 17, 2011

    She's either old, under the influence, or was texting a really important message. I'll be interested to see which one.

  • Nargile Mar 17, 2011


    from 5 to 8 years for folks up to 65.

  • Nargile Mar 17, 2011

    And remember, your legislature as made it LONGER between re-examinations for older drivers. They did this against the recommendations of AAA, the insurance companies, and several other state and federal organizations. Why? Because THEY are getting older and are passing more laws in their own self interest while putting the rest of us at risk. Don't believe me? Look it up.

  • itsmyownopinion Mar 16, 2011

    If I were the homeowner, I would be so upset.

  • tao90 Mar 16, 2011

    So much for knocking.

  • frenzeegrrl Mar 16, 2011

    That stuff is no joke!