Speeding Driver Slams Into Smithfield Home

11 People Displaced After Crash

A speeding driver was injured after crashing his car into a Smithfield home.  The home sustained structural damage and was condemned by the Johnston County Inspections Department until repairs can be made.

The State Highway Patrol said the crash happened at 2:04pm Tuesday at 1960 Brogden Road, east of Smithfield.

A 2013 Cadillac driven by Mohammed Farhad Purmul of Clayton was traveling westbound on Brogden Road in a curve. Purmul ran off the roadway to the left , struck a ditch and several mailboxes, then collided with the side of a home owned by Linda Parrish.

Purmul was transported by Johnston County EMS to Johnston Medical Center in Smithfield for treatment of his injuries.

According to an accident report from Trooper C.E. Summerlin, the Cadillac traveled 261 feet before impacting the house.  The posted speed limit is 45mph. Troopers said Purmul was traveling above the speed limit at the time he lost control and wrecked.  Purmul allegedly claimed a dog or deer ran into the path of his car.

No one inside the home was struck. One woman had been in her bedroom and had walked out of the room just moments before it was hit by the car.  No one inside the home was injured but because the home sustained significant structural damage, no one was allowed to stay in the residence.   The Red Cross responded to assist 8 adults and 3 children who had been living at the address with a temporary place to stay.

Purmul was cited by Trooper Summerlin with driving left of center.

Damage to the Cadillac was placed at $15,000.  Damage to the home was estimated at $15,000, according to the Johnston County Building Inspections Department which condemned the home due to the severity of the damage.