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Lowell driver killed after hitting house

Postby Ray Gun » Mon Oct 15, 2007 5:06 pm

Lowell driver killed after hitting house
Couple not hurt; home knocked off foundation
BY DAN HINKEL
dhinkel@nwitimes.com
219.933.4183

CROWN POINT | A 21-year-old Lowell man died early Sunday morning after he embedded a car in a downtown Crown Point house, police said.

Investigators believe alcohol and speed contributed to the single-car wreck that killed Robert C. Poore Jr. just after 4 a.m. Sunday in the 400 block of North Court Street a few blocks north of the square, according to a police report. No one in the house was hurt.

Red roses marked the end of a set of skid marks that slice through two lawns to the southeast corner of the boarded-up two-story house Sunday night. The crash turned the house's front wall into a south-slanted parallelogram.
The length of the tracks and damage to the car led police to suspect speed contributed to the wreck, Lake County police Cmdr. William Paterson said. Poore made a drastic left turn to start the 1991 Dodge Avenger coupe's slide into the house.

"(The car) made some type of aggressive left-hand turn," Paterson said.

The home's owners stood outside Sunday night with a man and a woman mourning Poore. One of the home's owners -- who asked not to be identified -- said he and his wife were asleep when they heard the crash of the car sinking into the home's roofed porch. The couple went outside and called police, he said. The crash shoved the home more than a foot off its foundation, the man said.

"(The car) was underneath the porch," he said.

Poore was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:35 a.m. of blunt force trauma, a spokesman for the Lake County coroner's office said.

According to the police report:

Poore, of 15724 Colfax St., Lowell, was driving north on Court Street when he lost control and slid sideways. The car skipped the curb, tore through lawns and smashed, passenger-side first, into the house. Poore was dead in the car when officers arrived. Poore apparently drank alcohol before the wreck.

The speed limit on North Court Street is 25 mph.

Crown Point police asked Lake County sheriff's officers to investigate because Crown Point police are training with new technology related to investigations, Paterson said.

Toxicologists will examine a sample of Poore's blood.
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