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85-year-old woman's home hit by two vehicles over the span of five months

Posted at 4:45 PM, Oct 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-18 20:52:54-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — People in one Springfield neighborhood pleaded for help from the city after an elderly woman's house was hit by a second vehicle in just five months.

The 85-year-old owner had multiple drivers crash into the home. People who drive down Pleasant Hill Drive sometimes lose control at the curve and fly over the ditch, smashing into the home.

In a recent crash, a truck went into the living room, nearly hitting Martha Ralph.

Thursday night, another crash happened. A white SUV crashed into the front porch, destroying the railing and damaging the concrete.

Ralph was not home at the time, but neighbors heard the collision and came outside to check things out.

"We come running outside and dude came right up through and acted like he wanted to pull off," said Marlana Fudge, who lives right across the street. "Well, he got out of the vehicle and ran off about right there. Then about six of us, my sisters and I got him on the ground and safely got him to the police when they arrived."

The vehicle's tire was severely damage in the crash. Springfield police took him in.

Another neighbor who's lived in his home for more than 20 years said Ralph's home has been hit four times over the years.

"They confuse this [road] here with Owens Chapel Road," said Johnny Clemons. "Owens Chapel Road is the road down here and when they come down through her past that light. It's so dark down here, when they hit that curve they can't see and they think it's a straight shot."

No one was injured in the crash. Police haven't released charges or the name of the suspect.