Emergency personnel responded to a report of a car hitting a utility pole just past Papa John’s Pizza on Turner McCall late Thursday afternoon and discovered that the vehicle had continued down a slope on the east side of the road and struck the rear of an apartment building.
According to Rome police:
Elizabeth Ann Brooks, 24, of Rome, was driving a gray Chevy Equinox north on Turner McCall at approximately 4:45 p.m.
The passenger, Jason Singleton, Brooks’ boyfriend, said Brooks took her eyes off of the road and began drifting across the roadway.
When he yelled for her to pay attention, she apparently overcorrected, causing the vehicle to run up on the curb across from the Days Inn at 840 Turner McCall Blvd. and hit the pole, which broke and came to rest across the two northbound lanes of Turner McCall.
When it reached the bottom of the embankment, the car hit a brick and metal column and the back door of one of the units at Park Homes apartments off of Reservoir Street.
Jett was standing in her kitchen in the back of her apartment getting ready to prepare dinner before her son got home from basketball practice when the car hit the building.
“I heard a boom and the door just swung open,” Jett said. “There was smoke and bricks all over the place and I just ran because I thought (the car) might blow up.”
Jett, who was alone in the apartment at the time, was uninjured and watched as firefighters and Northwest Georgia Housing Authority employees helped reinforce the overhang on the back porch where the column was damaged.
“My heart is still fluttering right now,” Jett said. “If it had been a little closer … Lord knows what might have happened.”
Brooks was placed on a stretcher as a precaution and taken to Floyd Medical Center while Singleton was seen walking around after the incident.
Rome police Officer Glenn Johnson said that Brooks was disoriented when first responders arrived on the scene and had no memory of going down the embankment or where she was.
Johnson said Brooks would be charged with failure to maintain lane and damage to property and that other charges would be pending.
Tiffany Morgan, property manager of Park Homes apartments, was in touch with NWGHA officials Thursday afternoon and set up arrangements for Jett and her 13-year-old son to stay in a local hotel for a few nights while they assess the damage to the door and the rear of the building.
She said if it looked like it would take longer to repair that they would find another NWGHA apartment for Jett and her son to stay in temporarily until the work was finished.
Morgan said there was no evidence of damage to any of the other units.