Car Hits Pitt County House, Driver Charged

A man was injured after his SUV slammed into a house outside of Greenville Wednesday afternoon and caught fire. According to Pitt County Memorial, Spalding was treated and released from the hospital. Troopers say they have charged him with careless and reckless driving

It happened around 3:10 p.m. on Pactolus Highway. State Troopers say Kenneth Spalding of Greenville was headed east on the highway and lost control, went off the road and traveled several hundred feet before going through a chain link fence and hitting the home.

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No one was in the house at the time and the SUV's engine caught fire, along with some of the duct work under the home. That fire was quickly extinguished. Inside the home a bathroom was heavily damaged.

Marc Place, who owns the home, says his stepson was in the process of renovating the house and planned to soon move in. Place says it's very lucky that his stepson wasn't there today.

The Highway Patrol says they do not believe alcohol played a part in the crash, but at this time are still investigating why it happened. A trooper says when Spalding regained consciousness, he told them he didn't know what happened.

The SUV managed to miss a telephone pole and pine tree before hitting the home. The vehicle ended up about a foot inside the home.

Spalding was taken to Pitt County Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

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  • by sad Location: us on Feb 27, 2011 at 09:14 PM
    its strange being on the other side of a newstory, i am realizing now more then ever the news is 90% entertainment 10% actual facts. this is a family member of mine, who served many years as a member of the military fighting in iraq. he suffered injuries while there that the drs believe caused him to blackout just before this crash. funny the news spends so much time reporting "the story" but no time backing it up with the truth. i am thankful the family whose house was damaged are all safe and unharmed and that my family member gets to go home to his wife who recently found out they are expecting a new addition. by the grace of God.....
  • by Greenville Location: Greenville on Feb 23, 2011 at 07:29 PM
    To "me": I go down this road everyday and got off work today around 3:30. This house is situated very far back from the road and like stated in the article there is a fence and close to 1000ft. My thoughts is it would have to be some sort of medical emergency for the driver to not have corrected and stopped by the time he hit the fence and house.
  • by me on Feb 23, 2011 at 04:58 PM
    Scuse me, I should have said feet, instead of yards. My bad.
  • by me Location: enc on Feb 23, 2011 at 04:56 PM
    Did he fall asleep? A couple of hundred yards is a long way without at least hitting the brakes and leaving brake marks/ditches behind the vehicle. Also it seems a chain link fence should slow you down a little. Just wondering...

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