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Teen loses control of vehicle, crashes into Franklin Township garage (with gallery)

By Jeremy Nobile | Staff Writer Published: July 6, 2013 4:00 AM
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No injuries were reported after an SUV crashed into the detached garage of a Franklin Township home Wednesday.

The driver, Joshua Brown, 19, of Kent, claims the accident happened because of a failed throttle cable that frayed and became stuck while he was driving, Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Nathan Krug said.

The incident remains under investigation. No charges have been filed, but may be pending. Krug said Brown was not impaired at the time.

Reports of a vehicle crashing into property at 2005 Walton Drive came in around 8:46 p.m. July 3, Krug said. According to the investigation, Brown was attempting to turn onto the road from Church Street (located off Brady Lake Road) when the throttle reportedly stuck.

Krug said the vehicle struck a utility pole, veered off the road and through Renie Harris' backyard before crashing into the garage, where it came to a rest.

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The car narrowly missed the house itself and struck a gas line in the accident. Krug said both gas and electric companies responded to the scene to address the utility issues.

The 1997 Chevy Blazer was extricated from the garage on Friday. Workers with D and C Renovations had to reinforce the structure inside with boards and remove various debris before the SUV was freed by Schumann's Roadside and Towing.

Harris said she was watching television when she was startled by the crash that occurred only a few feet from her house.

"I was in the bedroom, right directly above that gas meter, watching TV with my two cats," she said. "I heard a loud boom and then (saw) a big, bright flash of light.

"The cats jumped straight up in the air off the bed," she added. "They were freaking out."

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Harris, 53, said she's lived in the house her entire life. She said the garage, which was built by her father and grandfather and has a small second-floor room, has sentimental value. It was being used for storage.

Besides a few dents, Harris' car, which was parked in the garage at the time, was relatively undamaged.

Harris said she was told the garage's foundation is ruined and the structure will have to be torn down, adding she hopes to have another garage built in its place.

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imho Jul 7, 2013 11:06 AM

Certainly not a well kept piece of property.  Based on the pictures it looks like it knocked over a dog house not a garage.  I do like the excuse the kid gave "the throttle cable stuck".  Sure it did; most speed through this area anyway because, well.... it's considered Brady Lake too most and not a lot of people want to be around that area.