Tenant Upset After Car Nearly Crashes Into Home

by Erika Brooks on October 2, 2012 at 6:33 am

A family on Greenwood Avenue is lucky to be alive after an accident near their home.

Terry Schell has rented his home for a year now, he lives there with his five year old, a two and a half year old and a nine month old. This last Sunday someone drove off the road and ended up striking his home. 

"Dude came flying down Greenwood Avenue about five o’clock in the morning he jumped off and drove in the yard here, came off and the whole everything just went and slammed into my van and then to the house and everything and all of a sudden it was going on," said Schell.

Schell says the driver, shot between the house and a tree in the backyard pushing Schell’s van around the opposite side of the house. The driver hit the back porch and came to a stop. The accident joins a long list of mishaps on that road that includes cars driving into houses. Schell wants to get a guardrail put up to protect his family.

"Somebody is going to get killed, simple as that. It’s going to be on the city’s fault if something like that happens. But they should have let me do what I asked when I asked," said Schell.

Schell says because he does not own the property he can’t put up a fence. Zanesville police Captain Tony Coury says he has not received other complaints about speed on Greenwood — it is 35 miles an hour and police do not anticipate increased patrols in that area.