Truck slams into North Raleigh home

June 4, 2008 10:26:33 AM PDT
A routine delivery in a North Raleigh neighborhood turned into a real nightmare Wednesday morning. One family's house is in shambles after a truck from UniFirst, a uniform company, slammed into their home in the 8500-block of Bannister Court around 9 a.m.

Homeowner, Joyce Yakamavich, tells Eyewitness News the truck hit one of her cars and slammed into a side wall of the house. Joyce's daughter, Kristen Yakamavich was headed downstairs on her way to work when she heard the noise. "Normally when trucks go over this pothole in the street it shakes the house a little bit and this was a huge shake and it was really loud."

The family believes the driver was driving too fast, they say he jumped this curb, knocked down three trash bins, hit a tree, a car and then slammed into their two car garage...leaving behind this messy yard full of trash. Kristen says the incident could have been worse. "I was scared because I was getting ready to go to work I could've been out there going to get a gallon of milk that was in the garage or the car when it happened I'm glad nobody was hurt."

Officials have deemed the house unsafe and has forced the homeowners out. Power has been shut off.

Bannister Court is a side street in the Thorpshire Farm subdivision. The main street, Thorpshire Drive is commonly used as a short-cut between Falls of Neuse Road and Litchford Road. Homeowners in the area have pushed to slow down speeders through the division for several years.

"First thing that went through my mind is safety of my kids and other people in the neighborhood because we've been trying to get speed bumps and other tools in the neighborhood to slow this traffic down," Joyce Yakamavich said.

The driver of the truck says he fell asleep behind the wheel. He hurt his ankle. Officials with UniFirst tells Eyewitness News the driver has a good driving record, but will undergo post drug testing.

UniFirst will pay for the damage to the home and car.


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