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Collision forces car into porch

July 16, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

An otherwise quiet afternoon near City Park was disrupted as a car crashed into the front porch of a house seconds after it was involved in a collision on Virginia Avenue.

The resident, who was giving a haircut at a small business adjacent to the home, said it sounded like an exploding bomb.

A red Volkswagen Jetta crashed into a brick porch at 605 Virginia Ave. about 3:45 p.m., sending bricks flying and causing thousands of dollars in damage, Hagerstown Police Department Officer Tom Niebauer said. Niebauer said the Jetta, being driven by Mary Socks, 46, of 21 W. Potomac St., in Williamsport, and a Ford, being driven by Noah Krikstan, 24, of 509 Indiana Ave., in Hagerstown, collided. He said the Ford was turning onto Virginia Avenue at the time of the crash. The crash forced the Jetta into the porch.

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"She lost control (after the collision) and went straight into the house," Niebauer said.

Socks was conscious and moving her arms and legs as emergency responders tended to her on the front lawn a few feet from the front and side of a brick wall that was cracked and broken in many spots.

Niebauer said Socks was treated Thursday afternoon for minor injuries to her arms and face at Washington County Hospital and released.

No charges were issued by Thursday evening, Niebauer said.

Scott Carpegna, who lives at the residence, sprinted a few hundred yards toward the house after arriving at the scene just before 4 p.m. Carpegna said he was relieved to find that no one, including his wife, was seriously injured.

"I expected it to be a lot worse than it was," Carpegna said.

His wife, Lisa Carpegna, was working inside Kutters Barber Shop, built inside an addition to house, at the time of impact.

"It sounded like a bomb went off," she said. "I dropped my clippers and everything and ran."

Her co-worker, Lisa Curry, returned to the business after running a quick errand to find the wreck.

"I was following the (fire) truck up the road thinking, why are they stopping in front of the shop," Curry said. "I almost went through the fence in the backyard because I was paying attention to that."

Within 30 minutes, the Jetta was being towed, Curry was working on another head of hair and Lisa Carpegna was rescheduling some delayed appointments.

"Business is business," said Lisa Carpegna. "People need haircuts."

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