Truck crashes into house

WARREN – A 53-year-old Youngstown resident who stole a 1993 Chevy Silverado at 6:55 p.m. from Club 22, 2006 Youngstown Road, crashed the vehicle into a house two minutes later, police said.

After crashing the truck into the side of 589 Adalaide Ave., damaging its foundation, Franklin Fleming Jr. leapt from the vehicle, ran three blocks and hid in a yard, police said.

A short time later, Franklin ran from the yard, which is when the property owner spotted him and he was arrested.

Crash witness John Schwab said he was turning onto Adelaide when he saw the Silverado lose control, knock over a street sign and run off the road.

“I heard the sound of a crash,” Schwab said. “I stopped and I looked in my rear-view mirror, and all of a sudden, I see a truck coming across and it almost hit me. Then he almost hit a telephone pole.

“I thought he was going to stop and he didn’t stop. Finally, he hit that house,” he said.

The man jumped out of the truck, he said.

“He just stood up, looked at me, laughed, took off running and jumped over the fence,” Schwab said.

“I told the cops bring him here and I’ll identify him. I’ll tell him straight to his face, ‘now look who’s laughing.’ You don’t do that stuff, because there are too many accidents with people on motorcycles these days,” he said.

Neighbors said the residence is owned by Candace Calkins, who was home during the incident. She was uninjured.

Maria Oswald, who also lives along Adelaide, said she heard a loud noise while sitting in her living room.

“My husband was outside cutting grass and, at first, I thought something happened to his lawn mower,” Oswald said. “I came outside and saw the truck wrecked into the house. Then I saw the guy taking off running along Hazelwood.”

Oswald said while there was significant visible damage to the home, things could have been worse.

“There are kids playing out here all the time,” Oswald said. “He could have killed one of these kids.”

Fleming initially refused an offer for medical attention, but the Trumbull County Jail would not take Fleming until he was looked at by hospital personnel, Warren police Sgt. Mike Merritt said. Fleming was taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital to be examined before being booked into jail.