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Carroll County Times

Driver flown to shock trauma after vehicle rams into house

Rocklyn Harman was sitting in her living room Tuesday afternoon with her grandson's dog at her home north of Silver Run near the state line, when she got an unexpected visitor.

A Chevrolet Suburban rammed into the side of her house, in the 2000 block of Blacks School House Road, shaking the entire home and causing a shelf to fall on Harman.

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"I was just watching TV and it just plowed through," Harman said. "It just scared me, I just panicked."

Harman said she immediately started yelling for her 16-year-old grandson, Tyler, who was in the home at the time of the incident.

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"[The shelf] ended up landing on my foot, but I'm going to be OK," Rocklyn Harman said.

That may not be the case for the driver.

The driver of the vehicle, 30-year-old Jonathan Sweitzer, of Littlestown, Pa., was flown to shock trauma in critical condition with undisclosed head injuries.

A passenger, 29-year-old Jared Smith, of Babylon Road in Taneytown, was taken to Carroll Hospital Center with non life-threatening injuries, according to a news release from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office.

The cause of the incident is unknown, according to the release.

Units from the Pleasant Valley Community fire company, Littlestown fire units and the Sheriff's Office responded to the scene shortly after 3 p.m.

Tyler was in the bathroom when the Suburban smashed into the home.

"Man, my heart jumped out of my chest though when I felt the house shake," he said. "I knew what happened, but I couldn't believe it."

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Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation, which is being handled by the sheriff's office, the release states.

Anyone with information about this incident, or that may have witnessed the collision is asked to contact Master Deputy Jeff Miller at 410-386-2900.


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