North Fulton County

Car repossession leads to ‘freak accident’ as vehicle ends up in Roswell family’s home

NORTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — A piece of plywood covers a large hole in a Roswell family’s living room. Their car was being repossessed when it crashed through the wall.

“It was a really close call, to be honest,” said Ben Paul, who lives in the home on Walnut Street. “God’s got us protected.”

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Paul said with four children, including two babies, living in a rental home, he and his wife had trouble making car payments. Last Wednesday afternoon, they watched as their only car was hitched up and hauled off their driveway.

But once the truck reached the street, it somehow came loose from the truck and rolled down the driveway, plowing into the front window and living room. Paul’s one-year-old and six-week-old babies were in the room at the time and were not hurt.

“I heard the loud boom in the living room, then just screams,” Paul said. “The baby was screaming really loud, and then my wife was screaming, so I thought the baby had gotten hurt.”  He said the tow truck driver described it as a “freak accident.”


Paul identified the tow truck company as Dismuke Recovery in Lawrenceville. Channel 2′s Bryan Mims called the company for comment, leaving a message for management, but his call was not returned.

The Paul family has been staying in a hotel since the crash and has launched a GoFundMe page to help pay for a rental car and other mounting expenses. They are awaiting building permits from the county, Paul said, and it could be weeks before repairs are complete. “Almost everything is up in the air right now – transportation, where to live, when the house is going to be fixed,” he said.

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Troubling as it all is, he said he is trying not to get discouraged. “Honestly, I’m a man of faith,” he said. “I do not get caught up in the frustration, just to be honest. I do not want to give in to that.”