Out-of-control truck barrels through backyard, injures NC couple


Nick and Brittany Schmidt (WSOC-TV)

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KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — A Kannapolis couple is recovering in the hospital after a truck barreled through their backyard and slammed into them.

WSOC-TV reported that it happened on Rogers Lake Road in Kannapolis Saturday morning.

Officers said 97-year old Ralph Chapman, who lives on the road, backed out of his driveway in his pickup truck. Rather than backing onto the street, he kept going, running right through his neighbor’s fence, and slamming into Nick Schmidt and Brittany Schmidt, who were in their backyard.

Neighbors who heard the crash said the elderly man was driving so fast when he backed through the fence that the three people in the yard had little time to get out of the way.

They said the truck did hit Nick Schmidt.  He screamed for everyone else to get out of the way, but they said his wife didn’t have any time.

“She got hit and she fell into the bed of the truck with the thing in her leg,” said one neighbor.

The elderly man’s truck came to rest against another truck that was parked in the backyard.  Nick Schmidt was pinned between the two. Despite her own injuries, neighbors said Brittany Schmidt was able to call 911 and ask for help.

“The younger brother was yelling, panicking, worried. We were flagging in paramedics, ambulance, fire people, it was  crazy.”

It took crews about 30 minutes to rescue everyone. The Schmidts were rushed to the hospital.

Officers said the district attorney will decide whether to charge the elderly man. Relatives said Saturday night that the couple was still in the hospital, but would recover.

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