Luckily no one was there

Last updated: August 11. 2014 6:45PM - 4418 Views
By Michael Howlett mhowlett@civitasmedia.com

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No one was injured when a Pepsi-Cola truck plowed into the living room of a house on U.S. 58, just short of the Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, on Monday morning.

The truck, based in Roanoke and driven by Daniel Wayne Goode of Lynchburg, was heading west on U.S. 58 when Goode lost control and ran through three yards before crashing into the home of Geraldine Harmon.

David Hancock, who along with his wife, Janice, owns the damaged house, said if the accident had happened at some other time, it could have resulted in tragedy.

“Luckily, (Geraldine) was working today or she would have been home with “baby Boo,” said David Hancock, referring to Harmon’s 2-year-old grandchild. “They are usually in the living room. We just thank God nobody was hurt.”

According to Virginia State Police Trooper Shon Phillips, an inspection of the truck did not find any mechanical defects.

“We don’t really know why (Goode) drifted off the road and through three yards before hitting the house,” said Phillips, who charged Goode with reckless driving and failure to maintain control of a vehicle.

“This area is like a magnet,” said David Hancock, adding that Monday’s accident was the fourth in recent memory. “This is a bad place to be driving 55 (mph).We need a lower speed limit.”

Janice Hancock, who along with David, lives next door to Harmon’s home, heard the crash.

“I thought ‘What is that noise,’” she said. “I came outside and couldn’t believe my eyes. It’s a miracle no one was injured.”

Michael Howlett can be contacted at 276-728-7311 or on Twitter @MikeEHowlett

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