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SUV crashes into house, injures woman

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A Roanoke woman was injured early Thursday morning after an SUV crashed into the front her home and landed inches away from where she was sleeping.

It happened just before 6:00am in the 800 block of Jamison Avenue.

Terrance Skinner was asleep in his upstairs apartment at the home when he got one heck of a wake up call.

"As soon as I heard a loud bang, I got up and came down the steps," said Skinner.  "As soon as we opened the front door, the whole hallway there filled up with smoke."

A white Ford Explorer had come crashing through the front of the house and into an apartment on the bottom floor of the house, where his neighbor Brenda Tolley was sleeping.

"She was in the bed right inside the window there when [the SUV] came through," said Skinner.  "It was close enough where the tires burned her skin."

Tolley, her husband, and their two children were inside at the time.  They were all able to make outside on their own.  Tolley was later put in an ambulance and taken to the hospital.

"No one knows how badly she's hurt," said Stanley Carlson, an eyewitness and friend of Tolley.  "But she'll be alright.  She's alive.  That's the important thing."

Investigators say the driver of the SUV, 50-year-old Douglas Wade, was driving down Jamison when he went off the road near the Papa John's restaurant there, took out several fences, then landed in the front of the house.

He's been charged with failure to maintain proper control of a vehicle.  He too was transported to the hospital.

Roanoke Police are still trying to figure out what caused him to go off the road in the first place.

Meanwhile, Skinner and everyone else who lives in the house will have to find another place to stay until it can be repaired.  But he says if that's the worst thing they have to deal with, he's okay with that.

"I'm absolutely just floored," said Skinner.  "I'm glad everybody is okay."



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