FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - First Bryan Stableford heard a noise that he thought was a lightning strike, then he found out the real problem - a car had crashed through a brick wall at his home and ended up in the kitchen.
It's nothing he hasn't seen before.
This week's accident was the sixth to occur around the property since Stableford moved into his Fredericksburg home in 1988.
The problem is a curve in the nearby road that speeding cars fail to negotiate.
The latest accident occurred Wednesday, when police charged a 21-year-old woman with driving under the influence and reckless driving.
"Cars go by here 50 miles an hour all the time," Stableford told The Free Lance-Star ( http://bit.ly/OFeNsG).
The first accident occurred about 15 years ago in the driveway when a car struck his brother's truck. Another car struck his father's pickup a few years later when it was parked in the street. A third crash involved a young couple whose car hit a utility pole wire and flipped over in front of the house.
During crashes No. 4 and 5, cars ran into a tree in the front yard. The tree is now a stump.
Wednesday's crash may have topped them all.
Stableford was on the couch in the upper level. The car went through into the lower level on the other end of the home.
"I'm sitting there watching Olympic swimming one second and the next I'm staring at the back end of a car," Stableford said.
The kitchen is used by Stableford's roommate, who wasn't home. The crash blew out a window and a large chunk of the brick exterior.
Stableford wants to put some type of barrier in his front yard in case there's an accident No. 7.
But despite the mishaps, he has no plans to move from the place he's lived for 24 years.
"I just have to figure out how to keep cars from coming through it," he said.
Information from: The Free Lance-Star, http://www.fredericksburg.com/
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