Truck may have been going 70 mph when it crashed into Apex homes

11/06/2013 7:35 AM

01/03/2014 11:28 AM

An Apex man driving a Ford F-350 may have been going as fast as 70 mph when he left the road in a suburban neighborhood early Wednesday and ended up in a home, according to the Apex Police Department.

Police estimate the truck caused about $300,000 of damage as it clipped one house, damaged gas, power and water lines, and smashed through an exterior wall of 1052 White Dogwood Road, where officers arrested the driver.

William Tyler Mayhew, 22, of 1100 Purple Glory Drive in Apex was charged with driving while impaired, reckless driving, and leaving the scene of an accident.

“There was a huge crash,” an unidentified caller told a 911 dispatcher. “My husband ran outside – the whole entire street has no power, and I hear something leaking.”

Other callers said they smelled gas and that the neighborhood was “pitch dark.”

No injuries were reported in the crash, which police said was reported at 2:45 a.m. Three people who knew Mayhew were passengers in the four-door truck, according to Capt. Ann Stephens. The crash happened near the intersection of White Dogwood Road and Pendula Path in the Dogwood Ridge subdivision, less than a half-mile from Mayhew’s home.

Stephens said the charge of leaving the scene of an accident stems from his pickup hitting one house and continuing on into the second.

Mayhew was being held at the Wake County Detention Center in lieu of $1,500 bail as of Wednesday night and was scheduled to appear in court Thursday, according to arrest records.

Residents of both affected homes “are displaced,” Stephens said Wednesday. Apex Baptist Church was working to find them shelter, she said.

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