June 27, 2016

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Lodi pastor watches pickup truck leave road, crash into his garage

LODI — A village pastor driving home Wednesday afternoon witnessed something happen to his home that most people probably have not.

David Dake, pastor of the First Congressional Church in Lodi, was traveling east at 3:03 p.m. on High Street when he saw a 1997 Chevy 1500 pickup truck heading the opposite direction cut across the roadway, run through his yard and ram into his home’s attached garage. The crash likely caused at least $10,000 worth of damage, according to Lodi Police Chief Keith Keough.

“The impact partially moved the garage off its foundation,” said Keough, noting that the pickup’s rate of speed was approximately 25 mph.

The chief said the driver of the truck, a 74-year-old village man, was suffering from a medical condition at the time of the accident and was not charged.

There were no injuries to the driver or residents living at the home, 116 High St., Keough said.

Additionally, the impact of the collision caused damage to the roof of the garage and partial cracking of material connecting the garage and home, Keough said.

The driver also took out some bushes in the yard en route to the garage and probably totaled his truck.

“His radiator was pushed into the engine,” the chief said. “The truck didn’t look too good.”