Around 3 a.m. Wednesday, authorities in Apex said a 22-year-old man in a Ford F350 was headed down White Dogwood Road when he went straight instead of following a curve in the road.
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The truck clipped the side of a home before driving through the entire first floor of a neighboring house, leaving debris scattered everywhere.
The homeowner was inside at the time on the second floor, and was not injured. However, a cat is missing from the home.
The driver, later identified as William Tyler Mayhew, and three other people inside the truck were also not hurt.
Authorities said the truck also hit a transformer before taking out the stove in the house and hitting a gas line, which prompted evacuations of nearby homes.
"All of a sudden I heard a pop, a loud pop," resident John Lee said. "I walked around and saw a lot of debris and looked in the floor and saw beer cans ... cigarette packs. I was kind of scared, because a lot of elderly people live in this neighborhood ... especially this part ... I was just scared for them. Nothing like this has happened, especially in this neighborhood."
"It sounded like a bomb," neighbor Lori Burden said. "There were people crying. We saw all the debris, the holes in the houses ... it was just a disaster."
Meanwhile, the residents who live inside the two damaged home have not been allowed to go back inside.
Mayhew has been charged with DWI, speeding, careless and reckless driving, along with hit-and-run.
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