Driver crashes into Burlington apartment unit after suffering concussion, police say

BURLINGTON, N.C. – A crash into a Burlington home was just feet from setting a home in Greystone Condominiums on fire.

Police say the driver who crashed into the home suffered a concussion hours earlier and was unconscious.

Michael Brown, 69, slammed into the house around 10 a.m. Monday just feet from where the gas line is.

“You could theoretically have something like what happened in Durham with the gas explosion or you could just have a fire,” said the son of the homeowners David Wright.

In an instant, a pickup truck left a huge hole in Dennis Paschal’s living room.

“Thank goodness it didn’t happen, because it could’ve been a whole lot different story to tell,” said Wright.

The impact, as Dennis was brewing coffee in the kitchen.

“It came through there and parked itself in the corner of the living room with everything torn apart,” said Paschal, who then raced to make sure his wife who was in the bedroom was safe.

The truck went from Maple Avenue to the back of the house in a dangerous route.

The truck crossed an oncoming lane, just missed the trunk of a tree and passed three homes before hitting the Paschal home.

Paschal said the driver didn’t remember a thing and he is thankful it happened in the morning or he would have been right where the truck smashed through the wall.

“That’s my abode. That’s my nest in the evenings to watch TV,” said Dennis.

He says there would have been more to repair than the walls.

Police say no charges will be filed in this case.

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