Durham man flunks driving test with crash through brick home
Posted August 5, 2013
Updated August 6, 2013
Durham, N.C. — A 41-year-old man taking his road test with a driver's license examiner on Monday afternoon lost control of his SUV and plowed into a home on Cook Road in Durham.
No one was injured when the vehicle came to a crashing halt in the bedroom Linda Roberts shares with her husband.
"I'm just devastated. I've lost my house," Roberts said. "I don't know where I'm going to stay."
A neighbor's grandson saw the crash.
"My grandson comes running into the house and says, 'Grandma, grandma, a car just ran through your neighbor's house,'" said Julia Cromartie. "So I jumped up and started running and said, 'Well, where are they? Are they in the house?'"
Luckily, the Roberts weren't home at the time, but family members rushed to the house after hearing about the crash. Four generations of family have lived, slept over, eaten and played at the house over the years, Roberts said.
"Linda usually is in that back room laying down in that bed, in that same spot where that SUV came in," said Veronica Roberts, the homeowner's sister. "I just truly thank God because she's still here, my brother's still here."
"The bed was pushed back, and that's the bed they sleep in," said Asia Mitchell, Roberts' niece. "We could have lost two lives today, and we're just thankful we're all here."
According to a wreck report, the man was turning onto Cook Road when he lost control and ran over a ditch, hitting a fence and then the house, causing an estimated $40,000.
Durham police say charges have not been filed in the case.
A spokeswoman for the Division of Motor Vehicles said the man did fail his test and is eligible to take it again in a week.