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Jeep Runs Into House; 2 Children Hurt

Posted August 16, 2007
Updated August 17, 2007

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— Two children were hurt Thursday when the Jeep their mother was driving blew a tire and the vehicle crashed into a house and caught fire, authorities said.

Heaven Thomas, 12, and Julius Thomas, 7, both of Coats, were in good condition at WakeMed in Raleigh on Friday, authorities said.

Teresa Hockaday, 32, was driving southbound on N.C. Highway 55 when the tire blew and sent the vehicle out of control, the Highway Patrol said. The Jeep ran off the road north of Coats, authorities said, and crashed into the corner of a house at 2405 Highway 55.

A fire started, and Coats was able to get the children out of the Jeep and get a woman who lived in the house. The two women  used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire, troopers said.

Officials said Hockaday did nothing wrong in relation to the crash, but she was cited for not having insurance, having fictitious tags on the vehicle and because Heaven was not properly seat-belted.

The woman in the house was unhurt, but she had to stay elsewhere after Harnett County officials declared the house structurally unsound because it had been knocked off its foundation by 2 inches.


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  • casp3r Aug 17, 2007

    *hear.. I really do need to proof read.

  • casp3r Aug 17, 2007

    Whew, Im glad to here it was not one of those SUV's. They are very dangerous.

  • Slip Kid Aug 17, 2007

    sorry, so sorry.... thinking too much like a 'top defense attorney'... :)

  • Slip Kid Aug 17, 2007

    Maybe the house was off the foundation before the crash and the house hit the jeep?

  • heavens2131975 Aug 17, 2007

    Buccaneer -

    What's wrong with this woman naming her daughter Heaven? At least you can pronounce it, unlike many others.

  • Mike128 Aug 17, 2007

    A tire blow out will not, by itself cause a vehicle to go out of control unless you are in the middle of a turn when it happens. Most crashes involving tire problems are the drivers fault. Most common and incorrect response is to hit the brakes (drivers fault). This will lead to loss of control. I witnesses this first hand a couple weeks ago when the driver in front of me drove over part of the concrete median on 55. First thing they did after dropping their cell phone was nail the brakes. Properly maintained tires rarely "just blow out". Leading cause of blow outs is underinflation, also drivers fault.

  • yaright Aug 17, 2007

    You can fix the house but Ya can't fix stupid.

  • blondton13 Aug 17, 2007

    The homeowner is probably going to have a heck of a time getting her house repaired.
    And though she didn't cause her tire to blow, it's a shame that she was driving with no insurance and FAKE tags. This just causes the rest of us to have to pay more to protect ourselves from these people who choose to ignore and get around the law.
    At least the children are okay. They and the homeowner are the only ones that deserve sympathy here.

  • briteside Aug 17, 2007

    The Buccaneer - she's a human being. You should be ashamed of yourself!

  • smcallah Aug 17, 2007

    "She had to be ... I want to say it so bad. Besides who would name their daughter Heaven."