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Durham man flunks driving test with crash through brick home

Posted August 5, 2013
Updated August 6, 2013

A 41-year-old man taking his driver's license road test with an instructor on Monday afternoon lost control of the driving school's SUV and plowed into a home on Cook Road in Durham.
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— 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.

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  • eyeoneastsky Aug 6, 2013

    This headline is so funny! I love it.

  • stevemoore3262 Aug 6, 2013

    I think I saw this on an episode of Spongebob.

  • arielfearrington Aug 6, 2013

    I don't understand how people judge things and don't know. It is a blessing that they was not home. It takes people to get killed these days for people to care.. Remember folks this is there home where they live, comfort zone.. So imagine if it was your home.. Regardless to the fact.. They are thankful!!!

  • Offshore Aug 6, 2013

    Oh, my goodness! He needs to retake a class and don't go on the road to test drive. Look at the expense he now has on his shoulder.
    678devilish

    I think at this point, if he is just getting around to learning how to drive it's a safe bet he shouldn't be on the road. Glad no one was hurt.

  • bullblood9 Aug 6, 2013

    stuck accelerator?

  • cecil822 Aug 6, 2013

    If you're going to fail, go ahead and fail big.

  • Supie Aug 6, 2013

    are we all assuming the driver was really there to take a driving test? pretty bizarre outcome, unless the goal was different. ocam's razor, people.

  • hollyamurray2 Aug 6, 2013

    I'm glad no one was hurt.

  • 678devilish Aug 6, 2013

    Oh, my goodness! He needs to retake a class and don't go on the road to test drive. Look at the expense he now has on his shoulder.

  • miseem Aug 6, 2013

    As far as structural integrity goes, they crashed through a window which I'm sure was not holding up that entire exterior wall, not to mention the home is a 1 story ranch, so yeah, it's still inhabitable.

    Since when do windows not need additional support through headers? Take that out, what's helping to hold up the rafters?

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