Hit-and-run driver crashes into Oak Ridge home

(WBIR-Oak Ridge) Homeowners say they are fed up with a history of problems on their street in Oak Ridge.

Things came to a head after a recent hit-and-run, when a vehicle hit two cars before running into the side of a 2-year-old's bedroom.

Oak Ridge Police Lt. Don Johnson said they have had several reports of speeding on Outer Drive for a long time. The road has a 25 mph speed limit.

"They're traveling 55 mph, 65, as they come off the hill," neighbor Sayona Shoemaker-Groover said.

Neighbors say the road runs parallel to Oak Ridge Turnpike, making it an appealing alternative for impaired drivers to avoid police.

Early Saturday morning a vehicle hit two cars, totaling one of them, before jumping the curb two houses down.

"And then came down and swiped this tree. Then came down into our yard and rammed into our house and then backed up and then came all the way through our yard, up this hill and they were gone," explained resident Sarah Mirodipini.

Sarah and her husband, Victor Mirodipini, said the vehicle ran right into the side of their two-year-old daughter's bedroom.

"She had woke up a little bit before that and had come in our bed. You just gotta thank God that no one was in there when it hit," Victor said.

The couple said damage to their home is estimated around $3,000.

This is not the first time they have had issues. Since moving on Outer Drive six years ago, their house has been spray painted and egged, while rocks have damaged their car.

"We're really tired of having to pay deductible after deductible and it's all coming out of our pocket and nobody ever gets caught," Sarah said.

However, the couple whose cars were hit said they may have tracked down the vehicle responsible.

"It was just by luck. It was parked on on street parking and the damage was consistent with the damage to our vehicles," Shoemaker-Groover said, who noticed the car on Monday.

Lt. Johnson said they are investigating that vehicle, which was found less than a mile away from the scene.


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