No charges are expected against motorist in crash

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No charges are expected against a man who crashed his vehicle into a Bradley County home Wednesday, narrowly missing six youngsters inside the residence.

 Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. John Harmon told the Cleveland Daily Banner that preliminary information had determined the driver, Michael D. Shenbager, 22, had  lost control of his vehicle for an "unknown reason."

Shenbarger was driving a 2000 Mercury sport utility vehicle, not an apparent Ford Explorer as reported by the Banner and other media outlets on Thursday.

"This was an injury-related crash to the driver," Harmon wrote in an email to the Banner. "No charges at this time."

The vehicle crashed into the home early Wednesday evening.

"A vehicle crossed over the median and crashed into the house," Tennessee State Trooper Brion Posey said. "We are still in the early stages of investigating the cause."

The vehicle crashed through the front door of a home at the 4500 block of Waterlevel Highway.  The accident was reported a little before 5 p.m. Wednesday, Posey said. 

The driver was transported to a local hospital with injuries. However, no one in the house was hurt. 

"I'm just really thankful everyone's OK. I had six little granddaughters in there where the car hit," said the homeowner, who asked not to be identified.

Another occupant of the house, who also asked not to be named, said one of the young girls had been sitting at a desk near where the SUV crashed, and it was "a miracle she wasn't hurt." 

He added that he had heard something outside the door and was getting ready to open the door to investigate. However, he "jumped back because the sound was getting louder and something didn't feel right." 

As investigators picked through evidence outside the damaged home, its occupants said they were shaken but very grateful nothing worse happened. 

Inset Quote:

"This was an injury-related crash to the driver. No charges at this time." — THP Lt. John Harmon

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