Though they were given a scare, a woman and her four children emerged from their hotel room unharmed after an SUV crashed through their front door.
On Tuesday evening, a 2004 Ford Explorer crashed into room 120 at Motel 6, 207 E. Mountcastle Drive, knocking the door off its hinges and partially collapsing the wall.
Before the crash, Catrina Hughes, 29, was sitting in the chair adjacent to the front window while her four children watched TV. According to Johnson City Police Department Sgt. David Lowe, the incident report said Hughes was still sitting in that chair when the SUV crashed through the front of her room.
“She was knocked to the floor, but had minor injuries,” Lowe said. “(She) refused any transport or any further medical attention.”
Lowe said the children, like their mother, were also not in need of medical attention.
“No injuries were reported to any of the children,” he said.
The incident report, written by JCPD Officer Keith Bowers, the responding officer, said the driver of the Explorer, Daniel McCarter, 74, 2149 Arch Rock Drive, Sevierville, was trying to park his vehicle when he accidentally accelerated into the building.
“The driver pressed the accelerator by mistake,” Lowe said. “He was pulling into a parking space. Instead of hitting the brake pedal, he hit the accelerator.”
In addition to the front of room 120, the SUV also struck a nearby support pillar, knocking it almost entirely off its frame.
The JCPD and members of the Johnson City Fire Department responded to the scene about 5:09 p.m. After the JCFD evacuated Hughes and her children, they installed three supports to help ease the burden on the building’s second-story deck.
No charges have been filed against McCarter, which Lowe said was “not uncommon on private property.”
After McCarter’s Explorer was towed away, the scene was cordoned off pending the necessary repairs. Though the hotel sustained noticeable damage, general manager Jeffrey Richardson said it would remain open, and that everything is safe.
Although a motor vehicle accident caused structural damage to the building, a family of five was unharmed after an SUV drove through the front of their room at the Johnson City Motel 6.
On Tuesday evening, a woman and her four children were watching TV inside room 120 when a blue Ford Explorer crashed into the front of their room, knocking the door off its hinges and partially collapsing the wall.
Members of the Johnson City Fire Department and Johnson City Police Department responded to the scene, and helped extricate the woman and her children from the scene.
Despite the damage to the building, Jeffrey Richardson, the hotel's general manager, said the motel would remain open and that it was safe.