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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –It was the sound heard round the 1100 block of South Van Buren Street.

"It was like boom!" said Mary Minners.

"I heard a loud noise it went boom!" added Cynthia Hicks.

Both ladies were in their homes around 2:00 Wednesday when the big boom sent them, and the rest of the neighborhood, out the front door to see what was going on.

Minners said, "I thought it was that boom truck that picks up trash."

It was no trash truck. And there was no explosion. Instead, a Plymouth Breeze found its way inside Linda Keith's living room.

"She had just walked off from the living room when the car actually came up in the house. And she walked out of the bedroom and seen that the car was actually inside the house," said Dewayne Keith.

Keith was at work when he learned a car plowed through the home he shares his mother. He's glad his mom is ok. But only one word can describe how he feels about his badly damaged home.

"Tragedy," he said.

24-year-old Donald Pratt was behind the wheel of car heading north of Van Buren when he lost control, hit a curve, and ended up in the house.

He told police the car kept accelerating even though he hit the brakes. Now he faces multiple charges.

As for the Keith family, they'll have to find somewhere else to live.

"Right now we're either going to try to move or find another apartment," Keith said.

Charges against the driver include failure to maintain lane and driving with an expired license, an improperly transferred tag, and no insurance.

A fund to help the family with expenses is set up in Dewayne Keith's name at DoCo Regional Credit Union.

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