Darren Doyle, story and photos
Emergency personnel were dispatched to Pine Grove Church Road in the Wingfield community to a call of a pickup truck that crashed into a mobile home around 9:30pm on Saturday, March 12. The home owner, Rita Simmons, was home and asleep at the time of the crash. Simmons said she was in her bedroom, which is where the truck came to a stop.
"It broke the paneling loose from the wall and knocked my lamp over and broke it," she said. "It sounded like a gun went off. I didn't realize what had happened."
The driver of the truck fled the scene and has not been found. Impaired driving or other criminal activity is suspected to be a factor in the crash. The 1994 Chevy truck was registered to a man out of Auburn, KY, but deputies said the truck owner is not suspected to be the driver.
Deputies said there was a screwdriver lodged in the ignition of the truck instead of a key, but the truck had not been reported stolen.
The truck traveled through the yard a couple hundred feet, knocking down a fence post and yard decorations before coming to rest at the home.
Mr. Smith's van was also hit in the crash, a Mazda MPV, which sustained damage to the rear of the vehicle which included a shattered rear window.
Responding to the scene was the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, Dist 2 Constable, members of Wingfield and Chalybeate Fire Departments, Edmonson EMS, and Kentucky State Police.
Amazingly, no injuries were reported. "I'm ok," Ms. Simmons added. "Just a little shook up over the deal."
The incident is still under investigation. Updates will be posted as they come available.