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Pickup truck crashes into living room of Apex home

Posted November 6, 2013

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— Police said a 22-year-old Apex man was driving drunk Wednesday morning when he lost control of his Ford F-350 pickup truck and crashed into a transformer and two homes in the Dogwood Ridge neighborhood.

Apex officers responded to the neighborhood, which is off of Olive Chapel Road, at about 2:45 a.m.

According to investigators, William Tyler Mayhew lost control of his truck, struck a transformer, clipped one home and crashed through the living room and kitchen of a second home on Silky Dogwood Trail. No one was hurt.

The truck came to rest inside the bottom floor of the second home. Three passengers were inside at the time of the wreck.

The wreck knocked out power to several homes in the area, and authorities also had to fix a gas leak caused by the truck.

A woman was asleep inside the second home when it was hit by the truck. She told WRAL News that she woke up after hearing the truck crash through her living room. The woman, who did not want to give her name, said she went outside after smelling gas and seeing smoke.

Her cat, which was downstairs when the truck barreled through the exterior wall, went missing after the crash but was found by Wednesday evening.

Dogwood Ridge property manager Ron Fincher said his company is working with Apex Baptist Church to help the tenants of the two homes find somewhere to stay.

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"Neighbors have opened up their homes to her," he said of the woman. "(They have) banded together and are going to help."

Fincher said he's thankful no one was hurt – and he's angry about "the foolishness" that led to incident.

The truck was removed shortly before 8 a.m., and power and gas were restored quickly to all but the two affected homes.

Mayhew was charged with driving while intoxicated, hit-and-run, speeding and careless and reckless driving, Apex police said. According to investigators, he went to his home on nearby Purple Glory Drive following the wreck.

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  • LordHelpUsAll Nov 7, 2013

    airengr: "only charged with dui" You are kidding? Do you know how many people are killed by drunk drivers? "only charged with dui" MADD Stats: Every day in America, 27 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes.

  • Nope Nov 7, 2013

    "Scary. We had a loaded dump truck drive through a home in NY. House looked like a covered bridge afterwards. Fortunately, no one was home.

    trianglerelic"

    That happened to a friend of mine in Ossining, NY in the late 70's. They were lucky to be out of the house.

  • airengr Nov 6, 2013

    I may be illiterate, but I don't see anything about a dog in this story. Other than in the "Dogwood" name of the neighborhood. And while I hate the media calling a guy with a gun in his hand standing over a dead gunshot victim "the alleged shooter," The young man was only charged with driving under the influence. Maybe he was falling down drunk. Maybe something else was going on. I suspect the former, but give the guy his day in court for God's sake. Either way, he should be held liable for the damages resulting from his disastrous driving follies!

  • Pooter McGooter Nov 6, 2013

    junkmai15- I have only talked to the people in one of the houses. She didn't have a dog, but I saw the lady from the other house walking her dog after the wreck, not sure what missing dog you are speaking of. = uncw05

    well then, the mystery deepens, doesn't it uncw05?

  • uncw05 Nov 6, 2013

    junkmai15- I have only talked to the people in one of the houses. She didn't have a dog, but I saw the lady from the other house walking her dog after the wreck, not sure what missing dog you are speaking of.

  • Pooter McGooter Nov 6, 2013

    stupid is as stupid does. he's very lucky nobody was hurt or killed. - LordHelpUsAll

    Tell that to the cat.... and the dog, if they are ever able to find him.

  • trianglerelic Nov 6, 2013

    Scary. We had a loaded dump truck drive through a home in NY. House looked like a covered bridge afterwards. Fortunately, no one was home.

  • LordHelpUsAll Nov 6, 2013

    stupid is as stupid does. he's very lucky nobody was hurt or killed.

  • Pooter McGooter Nov 6, 2013

    We found the cat about an hour ago! He is safely at a neighbors house with her! - uncw05

    What about the dog? Is he still missing?

  • fgump Nov 6, 2013

    Never a good thing to wake up to helicopters hovering over Apex. I thought they were covering an election scandal!

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