Hazzard‘ous’

Fourteen people are displaced after a vehicle crashed into their residence.

City police, fire and emergency services personnel were called to 89 Hazzard St. at 5:33 p.m. Wednesday for a report of a vehicle into a residence. Police officers at the scene initially believed the driver of the vehicle, a 2001 Kia Rio, had fled on foot.

However, officers later learned the vehicle belonged to Tracy Abbey, 50, of Ashville, who was visiting the neighborhood. Abbey had left the vehicle not properly in park in front of 100 Hazzard St., facing the wrong direction. As the vehicle was not property secured, it rolled down the hill, over a sidewalk, through bushes, down an embankment and into the south side of the home.

The owner of the home, Terrill Johnson, was called to the scene by a tenant. Greg Moran, city rehab and code enforcement officer, was also called to the scene. Moran condemned the building, due to structural damage sustained from the accident, displacing three residents from apartment one, seven from apartment two and four from apartment three. The displaced residents are being helped by the Red Cross.

Abbey was issued a traffic ticket for an unsecured and unattended vehicle. She is due in court later this month.