Car Hits Pool in Middletown

A pizza delivery man lost control of his red car Monday afternoon and ended up with close to 1,000 gallons of water rushing toward him.

Laura Martoccio heard a loud bang about 20 minutes before 1 p.m. on Monday. Then, her dog darted out of the rear corner room of her Long Loop Road home.

When Martoccio looked outside to see what the noise caused by, she saw a red VW crashed into her above-ground pool, 1,000 gallons of water rushing out and streaming down an embankment toward the street.

The driver, described as being in his 20s, was uninjured after the accident. Drugs or alcohol are not believed to be involved with the cause of the crash, Officer Mark McLeod said.

Martoccio and her son, home from school due to illness, were also unhurt in the freak accident.

Officers believe the driver, a pizza deliveryman, dropped a stack of brochures in his car just before the crash. When he went to pick them up, the man lost control and ended up with a cascade of water rushing over the front of his vehicle.

Before striking the pool, the car hit went up the side yard of the home taking out shrubs and striking the rear corner of the house.

"At least I didn't close up the pool yesterday like I was originally going to," Martoccio's husband, Scott, said at the scene.

Both the Martoccios were happy no one was hurt and said the driver was very apologetic.


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john appleseed September 27, 2012 at 08:49 PM
I was told the driver was using inhalants while driving before he passed out at the wheel.
Tom Sofield September 30, 2012 at 04:30 AM
John - I'll check with police on Monday.


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