Sunday night, just after 9:00 pm, Travonte Sherred, 21, of Columbus was driving North on Poplar Street when he lost control of his truck. His Chevrolet left the road and plowed through two brick pillars at the end of the driveway at 143 Poplar Street (at the intersection of Maple Street). He came to rest just north of the intersection on Poplar with a large chunk of a pillar wedged underneath the front of his truck. The owner of the property, Mildred Taylor was on hand for the aftermath. Both pillars were completely destroyed, littering the street with broken brick and mortar. Taylor’s mailbox, also destroyed, lay broken on her lawn. Sherred admitted that he was speeding when he lost control of the vehicle. [The truck was brand new. Sherred had just bought it on Wednesday and, when talking to him, you could hear the heartbreak in his voice. – JD] An ambulance was called to the scene and Sherred was treated for minor injuries sustained from the airbag.
This is not the first time a speeding vehicle has damaged Mildred Taylor’s property. In September, 2008 a 2006 Ford Mustang owned by Crystal Jenkins was involved in a police chase. The car was driving south on Poplar Street when the driver bailed out at the Maple Street intersection. As the driver fled on foot, the Mustang (still in gear) rolled across Taylor’s lawn and rammed into the front of her house.
[Mrs. Taylor told me that she was never compensated for the Mustang hitting her house and her homeowner’s insurance went up. We wish her luck with dealing with Sherred’s insurance company. – JD]