Darren Doyle, story:
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office reported that a teen crashed into the side of an historic building in Sweeden, formerly Lane's General Store, now owned by Edd and Sherry Williams. The building, which is over 100 years old is reported to be one of the original general stores in the Sweeden area.
According to the Sheriff's Office, Elijah Merryman (16), of Lindseyville, was driving a burgundy Ford Mustang on 259 N when he apparently failed to negotiate the curve, his car left the roadway, and crashed into the corner of the building. Officials said Merryman was a permit holder only and his passenger was another juvenile who sustained a head injury in the crash. Officials said that the passenger received first aid treatment on scene by Edmonson EMS.
The Sheriff's Office said that Merryman received citations for No/expired license plate, No/expired KY registration receipt, Failure to transfer ownership, and Failure to comply with driver's permit regulations. The sheriff's office reported that the vehicle was not registered and had a title only. Officials said Merryman refused medical treatment at the scene.
Edd Williams said there was serious damage to the exterior of the building and it's unknown to what extent at this time, as he said he can't open the front door due to the building being shifted in the collision. He said he was thankful no one was seriously injured in the crash but he is advocating for people to slow down in the area.
"People drive way too fast through Sweeden and we are going to ask the police to set up speed traps to slow folks down."
Also responding to the scene was the Brownsville PD and District 2 Constable.