UPDATE @ 6:32 p.m. (Jan. 31): The 28-year-old man who drove his sedan into the living room of a house on Mandalay Drive this week was believed to be under the influence of medication, drugs or alcohol, according to a Trotwood police traffic crash report made available Friday.
The man, who told police he is from Perry Twp., in Brown County, was headed north on Mandalay Drive when his gray Ford Taurus ran off the left side of the road and into the yard of a home. The posted speed limit is 25 mph, but the crash report does not indicate the sedan's estimated speed.
The sedan then veered right and hit a parked vehicle on the other side of the street as it continued into a second yard.
The driver veered left a second time, continued across the road and drove in the living room at 3745 Mandalay Drive.
According to the traffic report, the driver was alone. He was not injured but was taken to a hospital as a precaution. No one was at home at the time of the incident.
There is no indication the police department would be pursuing a citation against the man, according to the report
EARLIER REPORT (Jan. 29)
A Trotwood man was at work when he was told his home was broken into.
But when homeowner Kenneth Kelley called his neighbor to check on his house, he told News Center 7's Monica Castro that was stunned by what he heard.
“‘Kenny, there’s a car in your house in the living room.’ I came home to that,” Kelley said. “It was devastating.”
The crash happened around 5:10 p.m. in the 3700 block of Mandalay Drive in Trotwood. It took Kelley about 30 minutes to return home.
By then, the driver who crashed into his house was taken to Miami Valley Hospital North in Englewood. Police said he went to the hospital as a precaution and that they did not suspect drugs or alcohol.
It’s not known what caused the driver to hit another vehicle, bounce off a hill nearby and then come sideways into Kelley’s home.
“The whole car was parked in the front living room,” Kelley said.
Now, the exterior wall is down, all his living room furniture is destroyed and the foyer glass as well, he said.
Even though he came home to such an upsetting mess, Kelley is counting his blessings that he was not home, possibly sitting in his living room.
“I’m very blessed that I wasn’t at home. I am blessed that I’m alive. I can always get furniture,” he said.
Meanwhile, family members are helping him clean up.