Teen Driver Charged after Plowing Through Cumming Home

Teen Driver Charged after Plowing Through Cumming Home

A seemingly quiet afternoon in the Jefferson family household was shattered when a car crashed through the house’s walls on Saturday.

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Forsyth County News reports that 17-year-old Melvin Oxlaj was behind the wheel of a Toyota Scion when it smashed through the back wall of Josephine Jefferson’s Beacon Ridge home at 5 p.m. the afternoon of July 23. Also inside the vehicle were Oxlaj’s two brothers, one of which owned the vehicle.

Deputy Epifanio Rodriguez of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office reports that Oxlaj was traveling at a “high rate of speed” when he crashed into the home.

Oxlaj was charged with reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, and driving without a license. He was arrested and has since been released from the Forsyth County Jail after posting a $2,535 bond.

In Georgia, driving without a valid license carries possible imprisonment of up to 12 months and a fine no less than $500 and no more than $1,000.

It is reported that Oxlaj’s brothers were teaching him how to drive in the cul-de-sac near the Jefferson home. The brother that owns the vehicle was cited for allowing an unlicensed person to drive.

No members of Josephine Jefferson’s family were injured, as they were not in the part of the house the car entered.

“We had a man doing some work, and he’d come over so we could talk about that,” Jefferson said. “Thank God the children weren’t in the house.”

After the crash, the Forsyth County Fire Department Technical Rescue Team arrived, using wooden timbers to reinforce the structure of the house.

It is unknown how extensive the damage to the Jefferson home is or if the home is salvageable.

The family is currently staying in housing provided by the American Red Cross while the damage to the home is evaluated.

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