Bill and Lori Beaudin, retirees who live on Sawmill Road, were not injured when a vehicle rammed into the front of their house, directly below the bedroom where they were sleeping.
“You could hear tires squealing and a boom,” Bill Beaudin said.
The Chevrolet Cavalier, which Beaudin said had been reported stolen, crashed inside the couple’s recreation room partitioned off from the garage, landing on top of their pool table.
The Cobb Police Department said the driver responsible for the crash fled on foot. A property accident report has been filed and the case will be handled by the Hit and Run Unit, said Officer Mike Bowman with Cobb Police.
“The driver apparently decided to leave the car in the house and go elsewhere, because (the suspect) was not there to meet with our officers when they arrived,” Bowman said.
Beaudin said the ramming of his house was no accident. The suspect, he speculated, intended to crash into his yard and jump out before impact.
The vehicle went around a curve and bounded down the Beaudin’s driveway, which slopes toward the house, Beaudin said.
There were no tire tracks indicating high-speed braking, only scratches on the driveway from where Beaudin said the stolen car must have bottomed out before crashing through his bushes.
Beaudin said the car then “went airborne” and pounded into the front of the house where it became wedged by debris.
“The doors did not have enough room to open after the crash,” Beaudin said. “Nobody could have gotten out.”
A devious joy ride
Beaudin’s breakdown of the scene has led him to believe the crash was a gang-related crime.
“They are doing this for fun,” he said.
Although Beaudin said Cobb Police responded quickly, he does not expect an arrest to be made.
Bowman said there is no way to tell if the crash was gang-related, and “right now there is nothing to show that this was an intentional act.”
Yet Anne McIntosh, who lives just down the street from Beaudin, said on July 11 at 1:30 a.m. a stolen car barreled down her steep drive at the end of a cul-de-sac, crashing into her storage shed. The wreck caused $3,000 in damage, not including the demolished gardening tools, bicycles, and lawn mowers that were too old for the insurance claim, McIntosh said.
These two homes appear to rest in a quiet residential neighborhood, with a narrow winding road running past houses built in the 1970s, with tan and cream colored wood siding.
Beaudin and his wife have lived in their home for 19 years, but the nice area has been transformed by the bad economy into rental units filled with “not real good people,” he said.
The night before the car crash, Lori Beaudin’s Mazda Miata soft-top convertible was ransacked, Bill Beaudin said, who added other neighbors have been victimized by vehicle break-ins.
So far this year, there has been 29 incidents of car break-ins along the Powder Springs corridor, south of Macland Road and east of New Macland Road, where the Beaudin’s home sits, Bowman said.
Bowman added that 60 percent of crime in Cobb County is automotive break-ins.
An insurance adjuster was on the Beaudin’s property Tuesday afternoon taking pictures of the damage to the 1,600 square foot house, appraised by the Cobb County Assessor’s Office for $85,000.
Beaudin said they will have to stay in a motel because the crash damaged water pipes, electrical wiring and the furnace, which required the gas to be turned off for concern over leaks.