• Driver loses control, crashes into Washington home; Major damage reported


    WASHINGTON, Pa. - A Washington man said a driver caused major damage to his home after crashing into it early Tuesday morning.

    The accident happened on Bruce Street around 1 a.m., the homeowner said.

    The homeowner, Nick Petronka, said he has lost plumbing and heating due to the crash.

    Police said Caroyln Smith was behind the wheel and according to the police report, smelled like alcohol. Investigators said Smith admitted to having five to six drinks at a nearby bar.

     “She just didn’t seem right. I didn’t want any more problems with her so by that time, the police came and did whatever they had to do,” Petronka said.

     Officers took Smith to a nearby hospital to checked for injuries and could also face driving under the influence charges. 

    “You see all this damage? It was like an earthquake. It sounded like an earthquake hit,” Petronka said.” Broke the plumbing, got no water, got no heat. Broke all my duct work.”

    It is not clear who will pay for the damages. The name of the driver was not released. Police have not said if any charges will be filed.

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