The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

September 4, 2013

Driver hurt as car rams house

By Joe Wiercinski
Herald Staff Writer

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP — The driver of a pickup was hurt at about 8 p.m. Saturday when his truck ran off Charleston Road in Jefferson Township slammed into a house and knocked it off its foundation.

The house was unoccupied at the time.

Charles Spooner Jr., 50, of Lot 28 Scenic Mobile Home Park, Transfer, was flown to St. Elizabeth Health Center, Youngstown, after the crash. A hospital spokeswoman said Tuesday he was in satisfactory condition.

Just minutes before the accident, Tina Lockard and her four sons had left the house at 201 Charleston Road to go to the Stoneboro Fair and her husband Michael was at work, said Jefferson Township police Chief Jeff Lockard said.

The truckÕs impact broke the foundation and forced a main steel support beam out the other side of the house.

A team of firefighters that works as Mercer County Technical Rescue had to shore up the house which is  uninhabitable until an engineer can determine its condition and advise on repairs, Lockard said.

"It's more than likely that (Spooner) will be responsible for the damage to the house but as for any criminal charges, I can't say because the investigation is ongoing," said Chief Jeff Lockard of Jefferson Township Police Department.

He said results of a toxicology report won.t be available for a couple of weeks.