Truck reported stolen crashes into house
Craig resident Al Cashion was just about to get into bed a little after 11 p.m. Tuesday when he heard a loud crash.
At first, his tired mind thought there had been an accident outside at the intersection of Sandrock Road and Barclay Street, or maybe a car had backfired.
Then, he heard the sound of someone climbing over the firewood next to his house and the rattling of the rear gate.
His immediate reaction was that someone was trying to break into his house.
It was a few minutes later, after his wife had called 911 and the intruder had run off, that his neighbor pointed out a 2003 green Chevy truck pitched over the retaining wall and stuck in the wall of his garage.
Commander Jerry DeLong, of the Craig Police Department, said the driver of the truck was traveling at a high speed and lost control of the vehicle, crashing off the northeast corner of the intersection.
The driver hit a stop sign before entering the Cashions’ yard and then hit a retaining wall of cinder blocks and a birdbath, before landing with the front wheels in a vegetable garden.
The driver fled from the scene and has not been found.
“I was just thinking, ‘Holy crap,'” Cashion said. “I mean, my first thought was it was an intruder. I didn’t really imagine that a truck had just crashed into my house.”
Police officers responded to the accident, and after checking the license plate, learned the truck belonged to Ricky Kawcak, who, across town on Steele Street, had not realized his truck had been stolen.
Kawcak told police he heard a screeching of tires near his home but didn’t notice someone had stolen his truck until police contacted him.
At 243 Sandrock Road, Cashion’s yard showed the remnants of the accident.
The driver of the vehicle had been driving east on Sandrock Road and attempted to turn north onto Barclay Street.
Cashion said he was disappointed because he had spent a lot of time fixing up that side of his yard.
“That retaining wall was really a lot of work to put up,” he said.
Cashion said the tree that was run over was somewhat rare and had grown a lot since he purchased it at Tunies & Such.
“There was just no hope for the tree,” he said, shaking his head. “It was a pretty tree; I’m definitely disappointed to lose it.”
There was no hope for the stop sign, either, which was replaced with a temporary sign.
Cashion, who owns American Family Insurance, said he has not had a claims adjuster assess the damage yet, but he estimated a ballpark figure of $5,000.
This kind of situation is not unfamiliar to Cashion, whose own truck was stolen two years ago and subsequently crashed into his neighbor’s yard, where the driver jumped out and ran away. The perpetrator in that case was never found.
The driver of the vehicle involved in Tuesday’s incident is unknown, and DeLong said an investigation is ongoing.
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