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Car remains parked in Coats home after July wreck

Posted August 14, 2013

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— The dining room of Stephanie Beasley's Harnett County home has been a hood ornament for a Pontiac Grand Prix for more than a month.

The car slammed into her home on East Main Street on July 4 when two men overshot a hairpin curve in front of the house.

"The whole house shook. I could feel it shake as soon as we heard the bang," Beasley said Wednesday, recalling that she then heard an engine rev and saw taillights in her side yard. "I happened to turn around at the front door and noticed the whole house was coming apart."

Police said Kenneth Sharrard Watson, 24, of Buies Creek, was driving at about 50 mph when he ran off the road. He was charged with driving while impaired, reckless driving and injury to real and personal property.

Beasley, her fiancé and his 3-year-old son were uninjured, but the house was knocked off its foundation.

"Even though it infuriates me that this happened, I still feel like someone had to be watching over us," she said.

Car lodged in Coats home Adjustors, contractors squabble over damaged home's future

The house, which is owned by Beasley's grandmother, has been condemned. Yet, the Grand Prix remains lodged in it.

"I don't know," Beasley said when asked why the car hasn't been removed. "Insurance agencies, they want you to do this; they want you to do that."

Insurance adjusters and contractors have surveyed the damage but haven't decided whether to demolish the house or allow for repairs. Move the car, and there goes the back side of the house.

The curve on East Main Street is known around Coats as "dead man's curve," and a few years ago – before Beasley moved in – a car splintered a privacy fence and came within 2 feet of the home's front porch.

Town Manager Kenneth Cole said he has spoken to state Department of Transportation engineers about erecting guardrails on the curve.

"We're going to do everything we can to try to get this rectified," Cole said.

Beasley said any road improvements come too late for her.

"I don't plan on living here again. It's scary," she said.

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  • albegadeep Aug 15, 2013

    Dunno, a 2-foot tall brick wall, if properly built, will take a lot of force. Cars would probably skid along it rather than break through.

    Regardless, driver is liable for all damage, as well as criminal charges for reckless endangerment and DWI.

  • Obamacare saves lives Aug 15, 2013

    albegadeep
    The way some of these folks drive, she'd have to recreate the 'Great Wall of China' in her front yard to prevent this sort of thing from happening again.

    Another day, another car running through a building.

  • albegadeep Aug 15, 2013

    Had a friend who had cars repeatedly take out their *brick* mailbox. I think if I lived on a curve like this, I'd want a foot-thick stone, brick, or concrete wall between me and the road.

  • Obamacare saves lives Aug 15, 2013

    I wonder if they have to inflate the tires periodically to keep that exterior wall from crumbling even more.

  • protestthis Aug 14, 2013

    typical bureaucratic red tape.. between the gov & insurance companies ... they will tie this one up for months upon months.. and while they do it .. the owner gets shafted.

  • jeff27577 Aug 14, 2013

    who cares how long it sits there, the insurance company is footing the bill

  • tao90 Aug 14, 2013

    I'm glad the Beasleys are okay. It must have been quite an ordeal to see a car come through your home like that. Perhaps the family will be able to find a brand new home elsewhere.