WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Robert Christie thought something exploded when he heard a loud boom just before 5 p.m. Friday.
“We heard a bang, a loud bang, and then our house shook a little bit,” said Christie, who lives on Konnoak Drive.
“I ran outside, looked up and saw the hole in the roof,” he said.
Winston-Salem police say at approximately 4:45 p.m., an elderly woman driving between 70 to 90 miles an hour went straight through the intersection of Konnoak Drive and Beth Avenue.
“She hit that curb, hit the incline, went airborne and went through the top of the house,” said Sgt. Verron Chue.
Police believe the woman had a medical emergency.
“Just from us talking to her, she didn’t realize her car was actually inside the house.” Chue said. “I would guess that she passed out.”
The driver wasn’t seriously hurt, according to police.
Neither were the six people inside.
The building is a group home for people with intellectual developmental disabilities.
“My biggest thing is making sure everybody’s safe and secure and they are so we’re just very happy about that,” said Shane Ferguson, executive of ResCare, which runs the program.
Ferguson says the six people inside were at the back of the home.
The SUV landed in the front part of the home.
“Just very happy that everybody’s OK,” Ferguson said.
The displaced residents have been taken to another one of ResCare’s homes, according to Ferguson.
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