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Truck crashes into house but neighbors not surprised

Posted June 4, 2008

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— Residents of a North Raleigh neighborhood near Interstate 540 say they are not surprised that a delivery truck crashed into a one of their houses Wednesday morning.

The truck, from uniform service company UniFirst, crashed three-quarters of the way into the first floor of Joyce Yakamavich's house at 8509 Bannister Court, damaging the house's structure.

Two people were inside the house at the time but no one was hurt.

The driver, Henry Lopez, 19, was cited with speeding and careless and reckless driving.

Those who live in the Thorpshire neighborhood say it is an example of an ongoing problem with traffic from the interstate.

The exit ramp from I-540 crosses over Falls of Neuse Road and runs in the residential Thorpshire Drive. Bannister Court is a cul-de-sac off Thorpshire, about a quarter mile from Falls of Neuse.

Residents say motorists drive on the street, which has a posted speed limit of 25 mph, at speeds more than 45 mph.

"I want people to realize they cannot come through these neighborhoods driving at high speeds," Yakamavich, said. "It puts kids and walkers at too much risk."

"We are definitely concerned about the safety issue," her neighbor, Marjorie Carr, said. "We have several families with small children on this street, and it's just terrifying to see these cars go up and down the street at, you know, 40, 45 mph."

Residents say the Thorpshire Homeowners Association has unsuccessfully petitioned the city to install speed humps on the street.

David Thompson, residential transportation safety engineer with the city's Public Works Department, said the road was designed to collect traffic from other roads within the neighborhood and lead motorists to the major thoroughfares.

Based on a 2004 study, Thompson said, it does not meet engineering criteria to install speed humps, because it is wider than most residential roads and there is too much traffic.

The road is part of the city's traffic-calming program and is slated to be narrowed in an effort to reduce speed, Thompson said. However, it ranks 57th among the 160 streets that are part of the program.

Until then, the city uses other measures, such as speed enforcement and education in an effort to reduce speeding. of speed-reduction priorities.

Thompson said that residents could request the city return for another study to see if it could be moved up on the list but that there is also a possibility that the rank could be moved further down the list based on the results.

UniFirst describes itself as "one of North America's largest work wear and textile services companies." It is headquartered in Wilmington, Mass., a Boston suburb.

"We're sorry it happened. We're sorry for the inconvenience," UniFirst General Manager Davin Murray said. "We're glad no one was hurt."

Murray said the company will do whatever it can to help the family and had called contractors to the site Wednesday afternoon to assess the damage.

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  • zanerx Jun 5, 2008

    phil3366 - Since I live in the area, I can let you know that your conclusion is absolutely wrong; the house is on the corner of the main street and the "court", and the driveway is very close to the main street. It is very easy to see how a truck that ran off the main road could hit the house where it did.

    What does speed bumps have to due with a house on a "court", not to mention that it looks like where the truck went in was on the side of the house. It looks more to me like someone was in the driveway and hit the gas instead of the brake. I would have to ask why is someone in my driveway with a uniform truck.

  • unclum Jun 5, 2008

    phil3366 - If you look at the video posted or watched the news story earlier, you would have seen that the truck wasn't suspiciously "parked" in the person's driveway as your theory suggests. The truck ran off the road, through the yard and into the house.

  • badjudgement Jun 4, 2008

    What does speed bumps have to due with a house on a "court", not to mention that it looks like where the truck went in was on the side of the house. It looks more to me like someone was in the driveway and hit the gas instead of the brake. I would have to ask why is someone in my driveway with a uniform truck.

  • anonemoose Jun 4, 2008

    At least you can't get name and address off of the plate numbers on your car. That to me would be worse.

    You can get them, for a fee.

    As far as the house address, it's public record now on the Collision report. The reporter(ette) probably went to the scene, saw the house numbers on the hose, as required, knew the name of the street and asked who lived there. Police or Fire may have shared the information with them at the scene. EMS won't share it due to HIPPA.

  • ncmom65 Jun 4, 2008

    I live in Durant Trails, and we constantly have people driving through our neighborhood at excessive speeds as well. Raleigh PD doesn't seem too worried though, so really, why should the residents of these neighborhoods be worried (yes, I'm being sarcastic). There should be speed bumps on every residential street to control speed, but then the fire dept and EMS complain that it slows them down. I don't understand why they can have speed bumps in Brentwood, but we can't in Durant Trails....

  • horseonthefly Jun 4, 2008

    Feeling sorry for the family but at least the company was willing to take responsibility and has seemed to have moved quickly to repair the home. I mean, having contractors out the day of? Thats unheard of...

  • Adelinthe Jun 4, 2008

    Drive thru closed?

    But seriously, blessed no one was seriously injured.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Transient Entity Jun 4, 2008

    Property information has always been available to the public. I guess what upsets most people is that now days any one can view from the comfort of their own home where as back before the interwebs became what they are today some one would actually have to get off their behind and go down to the Register of Deeds office.

    Has anyone been down to the Register of Deeds office lately? Last time I went all the had was computers set up in a room like the library does with IE and the Register of Deeds web site set as their home page. I felt silly when I realized I could have done the same thing at home and saved the money I paid for parking.

    At least you can't get name and address off of the plate numbers on your car. That to me would be worse.

  • A1 Go Canes Jun 4, 2008

    I found it amusing that the reporter stated that one of the residents had a "speed gun" and regularly clocked traffic. I wonder if this person has a law enforcement radar-type device or a baseball pitch speed-type. Either way, someone has waaaaayyyy too much time on their hands.

  • UNC-Born-Bred Jun 4, 2008

    Did any of you consider a medical emergency may have caused this accident and not speed?

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