A 17-year-old male will have to answer to at least a traffic violation for failing to control a motor vehicle after police said he rammed the family pickup truck into the side of an unoccupied house Friday night.
The teenager suffered a cut to his upper lip, but police allowed his mother to take him to a hospital, Fairborn Sgt. Steven Holcomb said.
According to the preliminary investigation, the teenager was on South Maple Avenue when for unknown reason he veered off the right side of the street, hit a sign, then veered left and hit the house at 1172 South Maple near East Doris Drive at about 7:30 p.m., Holcomb said.
Considerable damage was done to the house, which is believed to be a rental.
News Center 7’s Kate Bartley was on scene and snapped a photo of the gaping hole left by the truck, which apparently jumped the curb before slamming into the house.
Holcomb said neither alcohol nor speeding were suspected and there were no signs the young man was texting at the time of the accident.
Those conclusions were reached quickly, Holcomb said, because an off-duty police officer happened to be driving behind the teenager and witnessed the entire accident.
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