By Joe Beck
STEPHENS CITY - The ruts left by a pickup truck that smashed into a house at 1381 Double Church Road near Stephens City days before were still visible in the yard Monday afternoon.
The accident also left a deep impression on Cindy Pisarcik, who was sitting on a living room sofa when she heard what sounded like a couple of gunshots around 10:10 p.m. Friday.
"Then my wall began to crack, the window came in and glass was everywhere," Pisarcik said in an interview.
The truck overturned and came to a rest on the porch against the wall that faced opposite where Pisarcik had been sitting on the inside. The impact sent muddy debris flying to the other side of the house.
Pisarcik said the impact damaged two layers of brick.
"Fifteen feet more, and I wouldn't be here," she said.
State police said the accident involved a 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by John A. Poe, 43, of Stephens City, and a 1991 Honda Accord driven by Stephen B. Whittington, 30, also of Stephens City.
State police Sgt. F.L. (Les) Tyler said Poe's pickup was northbound on Double Church Road when Whittington's Honda approached from behind. The Honda had its high beam lights on and Poe then hit the brakes on his pickup, Tyler said. Whittington then passed Poe's pickup, but the pickup then came behind the Honda, Tyler said.
"When the pickup attempted to pass the Honda, it lost control," Tyler said.
The pickup went off the road to the left, came back over and hit the Honda, then went off the right side of the roadway and overturned before hitting the house, according to state police.
Trooper K.L. Myers investigated the crash and charged Poe with reckless driving, Tyler said. Tyler said Poe was taken to Winchester Medical Center. Pisarcik said Poe's injuries appeared to be minor.
"He's one lucky man," she said.
Tyler estimated damage to the house at $30,000.
Pisarcik, 55, said the house is owned by her fiancé, Tim Clapper. She said the accident set back her efforts to ease the nerves of an abused dog she had adopted several months before. The dog has been hiding in a bedroom since the accident, she said.
"She's been in there under the bed," Pisarcik said of the dog. "She doesn't want to come out and eat."
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