Driver crashes through Cherokee County house

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. — A car drove straight through a home in Cherokee County, cutting a path of destruction into the back yard and ejecting the driver.

The crash happened at about 1:30 p.m. on Cedar Mill Crossing and Catawba Drive.

Homeowner Gordy McDowell was at work when the car barreled through.

"One of my neighbors called. I work in Atlanta so it was a long drive home," McDowell told Channel 2's Manuel Bojorquez.

Strewn through his back yard were a Jet Ski, tools, insulation and personal belongings.

No one was home at the time of the crash.

Cherokee County Sheriff's deputies said the driver was alert and talking when paramedics arrived, but suffered several injuries.

Investigators hope the 36-year-old driver will be able to provide answers about exactly what went wrong.

One neighbor heard he may have blacked out, but deputies are not ruling out a mechanical failure.

McDowell's two dogs were home and were seen running away from the crash. Only one has been found.

The family's brown, medium-sized dog Dixie was still missing Monday afternoon. But given the scope of the damage, McDowell is just relieved no one was killed.

"Everybody's OK, and that's the best part," he said.

As for the house, "We'll get it taken care of," he added.