Couple Had Just Returned Home When Car Crashes Into House

A couple in Pamlico County just returned home from a Valentine's Day dinner when they heard a loud crash and found a car in the side of their house.

It was just after 6:00 P.M. Tuesday when Bill Smith and his wife were sitting in the living room of their home at 5753 Highway 55 in Pamlico County when Smith says they heard what sounded like and explosion and felt their home shake.

Smith says the force knocked his wife out of her chair, moved the stove away from the wall, and broke a number of dishes. Smith says they were shocked to walk outside and find a car in the side of their home.

The driver of the car, 19-year-old Alden Early of Arkansas told Highway Patrol he swerved to miss a cat. He's charged with reckless driving.

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Highway Patrol says a driver who swerved to avoid hitting an animal in the road ended up hitting a house in Pamlico County.

The accident happened near 5753 NC 55 in Reelsboro.

Troopers say the driver had non life-threatening injuries and was not taken to the hospital.

The owner of the home was there at the time but not injured. Troopers say there was a lot of damage to the house.

The driver, 19-year-old Alden Early from Arkansas is charged with reckless driving.


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  • by rusty Location: aurora on Feb 16, 2012 at 02:32 PM
    I am doubting the story about a cat. I drive through there a lot and I see people swinging from one side of the lane to the other or hogging the passing lane so they don't run off the road texting. I am thinking this is the same scenerio here..texting.
  • by Um.. on Feb 16, 2012 at 12:22 AM
    Is this Early any relation to the Early who drunkenly drove his truck into the ABC store?
  • by TW Location: nags head nc on Feb 15, 2012 at 08:53 PM
    That would have been one dead cat....I am not going to put my life on the line for a cat or a dog if they step in the road that will be road kill now the this poor person has got a lot of money to pay out because of a cat please run the cat over because now you are going to pay alot and the cat is going to walk around with his or her head up in the air .
  • by Say What You Will on Feb 15, 2012 at 08:45 PM
    I'm glad I swerve to avoid hitting animals. My truck would be totaled if I had hit that FULL GROWN BEAR crossing the road @ 11 PM one night.....and the same goes for that time I nearly hit an escaped horse @ 2 AM early one morning. So you go right ahead and hit those animals. My truck has never had any body work.
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      by Anonimouse on Feb 16, 2012 at 12:04 AM in reply to Say What You Will
      There is a tremendous difference between hitting a dog or a cat, and hitting a bear or a horse. If you need to look up the dimensions I'm sure the internet will provide you with the pertinent info.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 15, 2012 at 07:24 PM
    Living in a solid house that has been hit three(3) times so far, can say: ya kinda get use to it.
  • by A B on Feb 15, 2012 at 01:31 PM
    dont try that While drinking and driving cause it wont work either
  • by crazy on Feb 15, 2012 at 10:01 AM
    why wouldnt she deserve a ticket? What if I come park my truck in your living room. Dont you think I should get a ticket. I am sure you would be furious.
  • by Sick and Tired Location: Greenville on Feb 15, 2012 at 09:30 AM
    Roads are for cars, animals enter at their own peril. And yes I am aware that they do not understand that. Still if you swerve to miss a dog and kill someone you are a fool. Lucky no one died.
  • by Animal Lover Location: Washington NC on Feb 15, 2012 at 08:41 AM
    I understand completely. God bless that teenager. She has a big heart and didn't deserve that ticket. I would have done the same!
  • by john Location: farmville on Feb 15, 2012 at 08:03 AM
    it is called TEXTING
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