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SUV driver misses dog, hits house

Posted January 2, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

— An SUV slammed into the side of a house Friday afternoon when the driver swerved to avoid hitting a dog and lost control of the vehicle, police and neighbors said.

The vehicle went through the wall of the garage at 1 Regan Court, off Chance Road in east Durham at about 1 p.m., police said.

No injuries were reported.

SUV slams into Durham home SUV slams into Durham home

"I'm at a loss for words as to how something like this could happen," homeowner Nancy Mack said. "I just still can't believe it. It's something that you would never imagine happening in a lifetime."

Mack said she was in another part of the house when the incident occurred.

"I opened the garage door, (and ) I said, 'My God, how did that car get all the way in here?'" she said.

The garage is used primarily for storage, she said. She said she's lost some possessions, but she is glad the damage wasn't worse.

"Thank God it was in the garage instead of being in the other part of the house," she said.

No charges have been filed in the case, which remains under investigation.


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  • emaleth Jan 2, 2009

    Fine the owner of the dog for causing an accident by disobeying leash laws. Sheesh!

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jan 2, 2009

    I once saw two dogs playing in a large rural field. Unfortunately, when I saw them, they were about to run across the 4-lane road, on which I was doing about 65MPH. Either I hit the dogs, or I make a maneuver that would seriously put my life at danger. The second dog didn't make it. But I'm still alive and kicking and the van suffered zero damage, as the dog rumbled around under the chassis. Sounds cruel. But if you want to live in such a situation, you better straighten out your priorities. I didn't lose a second of sleep, as I'm sure too many of you would.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jan 2, 2009

    St. Ives, are you serious, or just pulling our leg? Cause I'm not sure and its starting to bother me. Oh well, back to the story at hand. The driver of this SUV saved a $50 mutt and caused $25,000 - $30,000 in damage. Probably a PETA NUT! Take out the mutt next time. I don't swerve for any animal. Only human beings, as only a human has a soul. And if there was an animal that deserved the same treatment as a human, those animals should have developed the earth as we humans have. But obviously, there isn't an animal on the face of the earth that has enough brain power to know not to drink their own urine or sniff rear ends. Hey PETA, find another hobby. In the next millenium, you will not have convinced any higher percentage of people to joim your cult ranks.

  • St Ives Jan 2, 2009

    I not only stop for turtles I have escorted them across the street to make sure no one else hits them! I swerve for dogs cats and crows too!

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Jan 2, 2009

    I would avoid the animal. Killing the animal is not my first choice, but my last choice if all other options are not available. So far, only deer has been the animal I hit with no choice to avoid.

    I also stop on the shoulder to save turtles crossing the road.

    You're been warned :-)

  • TheAdmiral Jan 2, 2009

    If it were me, that would have been a flattened dog. Now the owner of such dog needs to pay for the person who couldn't drive.

  • 1Moms_View Jan 2, 2009

    Incidents like this are why I constantly remind my teenagers not to leave our dogs unattended when outside of their kennels.

    Glad the homeowner wasn't in the garage at the time.

  • speedy Jan 2, 2009

    Perhaps WRAL meant that the driver recently lost or misplaced a dog, and, in their distress, purposely drove into a house.

  • speedy Jan 2, 2009

    Personally, if there's a loose dog, I swerve to hit it.

  • TomLynda Jan 2, 2009

    Animal gets in front of my car or truck, it's good bye animal. I have a real good friend who swerved to miss an animal, ran off the road, down an embankment, and killed herself. All over a stupid animal. I was turning left one time and a dog got hit. It was not quite dead so my daughter in the front seat started to open her door and get out. I grabbed her to stop her from opening the door just as a car went flying by.

    I was on the Rescue Squad in Harnett County and saw many, many wrecks caused by people swerving to avoid animals. Some children were killed at times. All over an animal.

    What's wrong with that picture?