Car Demolishes Front Of House In Night Crash

March 17, 1991|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff writer

Wesley Swope woke up Friday morning with his 15-year-old daughter, Heather, screaming that a car had driven into a neighbor's house.

He didn't think it was true until he got out of bed to take a look himself. "Believe it or not, the car was right in the living room," he said. "I couldn't believe that car could slam into a house like that."

The strange accident occurred 15 minutes past midnight, when a Honda Prelude driven by a man charged with drunken driving lost controland slid sideways into the living room of a home in the 4400 block of Mountain Road in the Lake Shore area of Pasadena.

A 30-year-old woman who lived in the home was injured when she was hit by flying furniture. A passenger in the car was critically injured.

The crash left the entire front of the small, one-story home demolished. Policesay the home, which sits only 20 feet from the road, is uninhabitable.

The accident happened when the driver of the car, Michael Jay Feeley, 34, of the 100 block Jack Pine Drive, Pasadena, lost control while driving east on Mountain Road.

Police say the road was slippery and the car was going too fast. The Prelude spun around, went overa small front lawn and into the house, ending up on its side in the living room.

Feeley was admitted to Harbor Hospital for a hip injury and minor cuts to his hand. He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving too fast for the road conditions.

A passenger in the car, Craig Thompson, 28, of the unit block Fallon Drive, Pasadena, was listed in critical but stable condition Friday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore.

Police had no information on a third passenger, David Miller, 25, of the 8000 block Mimico Court, Millersville.

A family of three was home at the time of the accident. Police saythat Michelle Lynn Hart, 30, was in the living room when the car came crashing through.

She was struck in the chest by flying furniture and was able to get to a hospital by herself.

Her husband, John, and the couple's 3-year-old daughter, were not injured.

The Red Cross took care of the Harts over the weekend, putting them up in a Glen Burnie hotel.

The couple's home, at the corner of Mountain Road and Fairwood Drive,appeared nearly destroyed on Friday. Police tape was still wrapped around the scene and deep tire marks in the mud led from the road, across the front lawn and up to the home.

Piled in one corner was a mixture of items, including the mailbox, pieces of furniture and toys.The car was removed early Friday.

Swope said it took rescue crewsa long time to remove the car and get some of the passengers out. "They wanted to make sure the building wouldn't fall in," he said. "They did a good job getting them out.

"We get quite a few accidents out here," he said. "People drive awful fast and lose control and end up hitting these (telephone) poles."

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