Two taken to hospital after two-vehicle crash; pickup hits house

  • Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 1:11 a.m.
Two vehicles collided with each other at the intersection of West Horah and North Craige streets sending the pickup into the front porch of this home. Neighbors say this is not the first time a vehicle has crashed into the home.
Two vehicles collided with each other at the intersection of West Horah and North Craige streets sending the pickup into the front porch of this home. Neighbors say this is not the first time a vehicle has crashed into the home.

Two people were taken to the hospital Tuesday afternoon after their vehicles collided, sending one vehicle, a pickup into a house at West Horah and North Craige streets.

Salisbury Police Officer M.P. Benjamin said both drivers’ injuries were not life threatening and both are being charged.


Maureen Bolton, 55, of Mooresville, was traveling southwest on South Craige Street when she failed to stop for a stop sign. She T-boned the pickup driven by John Douglas, 61, of the 400 block of South West Street, Salisbury. Douglas lives around the corner and was heading back to work, Benjamin said.

The crash occurred shortly before 1 p.m. The force of the crash sent the F-150 pickup careening into a two-story home at 701 W. Horah Street, on the corner. The pickup landed on the front porch of the home, but did not crash through the home. The Honda spun around and came to rest in the middle of the roadway.

Bolton was charged with failure to stop for a stop sign and Douglas was charged with driving while license revoked, both misdemeanors.

Both drivers were taken to Novant Health Rowan Medical where they were treated for their injuries. Both complained of soreness from the crash, Benjamin said.

Hospital officials said Bolton is in fair condition and Douglas was treated and released.

Neighbors say this is not the first time a vehicle has crashed into the West Horah Street home. Dick Palmore, co-owner of Lit-Co LLC, the company that owns the property, said this is the third time a similar incident has happened since the company bought the house in 1997. The last time a vehicle crashed into the house it moved the foundation three inches, Palmore said.

He said in the previous crash someone ran the stop sign. He waited until the vehicles were towed before he could gain access to the house to assess the damage. The pickup’s front tires were ripped off the vehicle during the crash. One of the tires lay on the ground just below the porch.

The renter, Roshanda Robinson, was inside the living room when the truck came crashing onto the front porch. She’d been watching television when she heard tires squealing.

“I turned around and saw the truck in mid-air. I froze,” she told a Post reporter.

She moved when she was close enough to see the driver.

“It looked like he was going to come through the window,” she said.

Robinson, who is pregnant, said she grabbed her 16-year-old daughter and they ran out the back door when she smelled gas. She called 911 once she got out of the house. Robinson and her family just moved into the home earlier this month. She’s a Mississippi native, but has lived in Rowan County for nearly seven years. A first responder assessed Robinson at the scene to make sure she was alright.

Derrick Wilkins, who lives not far on South Craige Street, said he recalls at least four instances where a vehicle crashed into the house. He attributes the crashes to inattention. He and a friend drove to the crash site after they saw the rescue trucks and heard sirens.

Another neighbor, who asked not to be named, said motorists frequently speed in the intersection.

“They come full speed and they don’t brake,” she said.

The neighbor said she felt something needed to be done to slow motorists down or a stop light needed to be placed at the intersection.

Duke Energy responded to the scene to repair a utility pole that was hit by the truck. The Salisbury Fire Department and Rowan County EMS also responded.

Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.

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