A 56-year-old driver was taken to the hospital Friday night after a spectacular accident on Zion Avenue in which his pickup truck knocked down a utility pole and then struck a house. According to the police report, the man failed to stop at two stop signs before striking the pole.
The accident happened around 10 p.m. as the man drove the pickup across the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks at Hickory Street, off N.C. 115 in downtown Cornelius. Police said the man was headed headed east on Hickory Street, went across South Main Street/NC 115, and across Zion Avenue when he crashed into an electric pole, snapping it in two.
The pickup then continued onto the lawn at 19746 Zion Ave., and smashed into the front of the 1-story home with white siding and black shutters.
The driver told police he could not recall what happened, according to the report. One witness told police the vehicle “came out of nowhere” at a high speed, and as it cleared the intersection, the vehicle went airborne at the rail crossing before hitting the house.
The driver’s wife, who was traveling in a second vehicle behind his pickup, told police she saw her husband’s vehicle “take off” quickly from the stop sign, going straight where he would normally have turned. Police estimated the pickup was traveling 50 mph when it hit the house.
The driver was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries, though they did not appear to be life-threatening, according to police.
Fire units also were called to the scene because sagging power lines and potential danger from a transformer on the utility pole.
Damage to the house was estimated at $8,000. The pickup’s damage was estimated at $6,000.
No charges were filed, according to the police report.
See below for a roundup of other recent incidents.
TUESDAY, DEC. 27, 6:29 a.m., 19800 block of Washam Street – A 54-year-old man reported multiple items stolen from his residence, including 2 laptop computers, 2 shotguns and 2 semi-automatic rifles. Police are investigating.
THURSDAY, DEC. 29, 3:50 p.m., 19619 W. Catawba Ave., Childcare Network – A 34-year-old employee told police that sometime between 6:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. and unknown suspect(s) took $144 in cash and some prescription medication from her desk. The total estimated value of the cash and medication is $327. Police are investigating.
THURSDAY, DEC. 29, 18800 block of Statesville Road – A 60-year-old man told police that sometime between 7 p.m. Wednesday and 8:30 a.m. Thursday, an unknown suspect(s) stole the driver and passenger side mirrors off a vehicle and two trailer hitch rings while they were in the parking lot. The total value of the items stolen is $100. Police are investigating.
THURSDAY, DEC. 29,11:16 a.m., Cornelius Police Station – A 38-year-old woman told police that sometime between 9:50 and 11:16 a.m. Thursday, an unknown suspect(s) broke the driver’s side rear window of her vehicle, causing about $150 in damages, while it was parked in the lot at Golds Gym in Cornelius. The suspect(s) took her purse. Police are investigating.
FRIDAY, DEC. 30, 11 a.m., 10100 block of Squires Way – A 54-year-old man told police that sometime between 9:50 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. Friday, an unknown suspect(s) entered his vehicle and stole a pack of cigarettes, a Wal Mart gift card and some cash. The total estimated value of the items stolen is $38.50. Police are investigating.
SUNDAY, JAN. 1, 7:19 p.m., 19800 block of Mulberry Street – A 19-year-old woman told police that sometime between 4 and 7:18 p.m. Sunday, an unknown suspect(s) slashed the left rear tire on her vehicle while it was at her residence. The total estimated cost of the damages is $100. Police are investigating.
MONDAY, JAN. 2, 7:31 a.m., 20520 Chartwell Center Drive, Lake Norman Hyundai – A 58-year-old man told police that sometime between noon on Saturday and 7:10 a.m. Monday, an unknown suspect(s) stole 9,000 feet of copper wiring from the construction site, valued at $8,000.