SUV crashes into home on Wade Avenue in Raleigh, owner says it’s happened before ::

Jene J. Long

— An SUV crashed into a home on Wade Avenue late Sunday night while the family was sleeping, and the owner told WRAL News the same thing has happened to her neighbor multiple times before.

Officers with the Raleigh Police Department responded to the home at 2804 Wade Avenue around 11:30 p.m.

Police said the SUV was traveling in the direction of downtown Raleigh when the driver ran off road into the yard and struck the home. There are sharp curves in that stretch of Wade Avenue, officers said.

The homeowner, Peining Cheng, told WRAL News she was just feet away in the living room when the SUV barreled through her front yard and smashed into the front of her house.

Cheng’s husband and 5-year-old son were asleep upstairs at the time of the crash.

“I saw my front door was crashed and broken, inside was totally crashed,” she said. “The front door, the windows, the downstairs … it’s all crashed.”

The home suffered structural damage. According to firefighters who responded to the scene, the home was deemed unsafe, and the family will have to find another place to live while repairs are made.

The driver received minor injuries and was taken to the hospital, but no one inside the home was hurt.

An investigation is underway, and it is unknown whether charges will be filed.

Cheng said the same thing has happened to her neighbor, whose home has been hit four times in the past. She said he put large rocks in front of his home as a result.

Cheng said she wants the city to make the area safer, suggesting “more lights on the street so that people can see clearly because at nighttime, it’s too dark.”


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