A crash early Monday morning in west Roseburg did major damage to a home on Northwest Troost Street.

Officers from the Roseburg Police Department said a car heading north on Troost Street went off the east side of the roadway about 4:20 a.m., taking out shrubs, a fence and mailbox before going airborne and landing in the kitchen of the yurt-shaped house below the street.

The house is owned by Pat Zemlin of Roseburg, who is renting it out, but the renters were not at home at the time of the crash.

Stacy Mogavero lives a few houses away from the scene and heard the crash.

“I had earplugs in and I could still hear it, and the screeching tires,” she said. “It did a lot of damage and it was in there kind of cockeyed and sideways. Even though it was the kitchen that he went into, (the driver) was so, so, lucky there wasn’t someone that could’ve been walking by or in the kitchen.”

John Aschim, who was onsite cleaning up the mess left by the crash, said the damage was significant.

“I’m a carpenter, and my guess between the wiring, the material and replacing the woodwork and looking at the roof, you’re looking at somewhere between $20-25,000,” Aschim said.

Police said the vehicle was a Suzuki sedan. One witness said the driver had left the scene but was located a short time later.

Police on Tuesday morning identified the driver as William Bacus, 18, of Roseburg. He was transported to the CHI Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg with injuries, according to police.

Reporter Dan Bain can be reached at 541-957-4221 or e-mail at dbain@nrtoday.com.

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Dan Bain is the health reporter for The News-Review. He previously worked at KPIC and 541 Radio.

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