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Car crashed into house

No serious injuries, but pet birds escaped

Posted: August 14, 2015 - 11:00am  |  Updated: August 18, 2015 - 11:23pm
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A firefighter watches as emergency personnel try to back a car out of a home on Ellington Drive after the driver lost control.   Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
A firefighter watches as emergency personnel try to back a car out of a home on Ellington Drive after the driver lost control.

No one was seriously injured Friday morning when a car crashed into a Grovetown home.

Shane Sternberg was sleeping in his Ellington Drive home off Canterbury Farms Parkway just before 10 a.m. when he heard what sounded like a bomb going off. “I couldn’t really tell at first what happened because it was really dusty,” Sternberg said.

His fiancée, Lisa-Marie Steighner, was in a back bathroom when a car burst through the front window of their two-story home and into their “bird room.”

“It looked like a train went through the house,” Sternberg said.

He ran to the car and checked on the driver, Travis Shawn Peterson, 35.

Peterson’s Honda Accord went through the double front window, through the bird room and stopped after pushing through an interior wall. Columbia County sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Childress said Peterson, who lives two streets over on Brentford Avenue, is a disabled veteran and likely had a medical issue like a seizure that caused him to lose control.

Childress said Peterson’s car was headed north on Canterbury Farms Parkway and veered onto the right shoulder just before Ellington Drive. The car hit a berm, crossed an Ellington Drive entrance, then barely missed a tree and masonry sign in a median. The car went up the curb and through Sternberg’s yard before crashing into the home.

Peterson sustained minor injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening.

Sternberg said they had four parrots in cages in the front room. The car hit a large steel cage trapping one large bird, who he quickly rescued from under the car. One bird remained in his cage and one escaped and flew upstairs. A fourth small bird escaped and the couple was still looking for him shortly after the wreck. The couple’s two bulldogs also were unharmed.

Sternberg said he and his fiancée, who are set to marry in October, bought the house in December. They moved from Florida where their home flooded last year.

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