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Updated: 10:16 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 | Posted: 5:12 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013
By Nate Stewart
GASTON COUNTY, N.C. —
Officials said a Corvette plowed into a Gaston County home on Saturday night, killing the driver and just barely missing a couple inside.On Sunday homeowners said this is the third time a car has crashed into the house.Debris, car parts and a cracked foundation is what is now left at the Stewart's home.The accident happened late Saturday night when 57-year-old Michael Rhyne crashed his Corvette into their front porch.Police said Rhyne had left his home and was driving toward Will Kiser Road when he failed to stop and went through the intersection, striking the brick home.The Highway Patrol said there was no indication that he tried to brake and it looks like he was driving around 50 mph.Rhyne was pronounced dead at the scene.Edwin Stewart and his wife Barbara said they were both inside when it happened. Investigators said the car struck their brick porch traveling more than 50 mph."I thought somebody threw a bomb on my porch. It really shook me up," said Edward Stewart.What is left of the car now rests at an impound lot 9 miles away."It sounded like a sonic boom. It scared me to death. Things were coming out of my cabinet," said Barbara Stewart.The shaken up couple said this is the third time a car has crashed into their home.Stewart said while his heart goes out to the family, he's thankful he and his wife are still alive."If he had come through that wall, it would have taken my legs off. Cause my chair sits right there," said Edward Stewart.The medical examiner is trying to determine if drugs and alcohol were a factor in Rhyne's death.
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