Driver, homeowner identified in crash of taxi cab into Burlington home

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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- A taxicab slammed into a home Wednesday morning in Burlington and the driver was thrown from the car and trapped beneath the rubble.

The driver, Benjamin Johnson, 45, has died. Officials say the driver was the only person inside the taxi.

There is speculation that the driver may have had a heart attack or other medical issue that may have caused the crash, but that remains under investigation.

The crash happened at 6:16 a.m. at Maple Avenue and Anthony Street.

"We lost our dad in December, Christmas Eve morning," said Johnny Thompson, brother of the victim. "And now we’ve lost him.”

Angela Graves and her nephew were home at the time of the crash and neither were injured. She told FOX8 she awoke to a loud boom and the car smoking in her living room. She said the car is sitting where her sofa usually sits. She is grateful she decided to sleep in her bed last night instead of the couch, which now lies in the front yard.

Burlington city officials condemned the home, saying it is not suitable to live it and the residence has since been demolished.

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