SUV Crashes Into Johnny Carson’s Boyhood Home

Dec 21, 2011 1:20pm
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(Jake Wragge/The Norfolk Daily News/AP Photo)

Johnny Carson’s boyhood home got a jolt of unwanted attention Tuesday when a SUV crashed into it, ABC affiliate KETV reported. No one was seriously injured, the report said.

The house is at 306 South 13th Street, in Norfolk, Neb. Carson, the longtime host of “The Tonight Show,” was born in Corning, Iowa, and his family moved to Norfolk when he was 8. He graduated from Norfolk High School, then the University of Nebraska. He died in 2005.

Photographs taken after the incident show the impact of the vehicle caused the porch’s roof to collapse.

According to the Norfolk Daily News, the SUV crossed the median on 13th Street, crossed two lanes, jumped the curb and hit the house. The driver was an unidentified man who was taken to the hospital, the article added.

The home is owned by Historic Properties, Inc., and is currently rented, the News reported. Attempts to reach the residents were unsuccessful.

Julie Paulsen lives two houses away and saw the incident.

“He looked like he was trying to drive in the front door,” she said, adding the car was traveling around 65 miles per hour. She said police said the driver may have lost control of the vehicle because of a medical condition, though he was conscious when he was removed.

Paulsen said a woman who lived in the house was bending over her baby when the incident occurred, and she was hit in the back with debris. A dog who had been in the front room disappeared after the impact, but the police found him Tuesday night, Paulsen said.

Carson had been generous to Norfolk, donating funds for a high school auditorium and a local cancer center, Paulsen said. He returned to the Norfolk house around 20 years ago, while filming the documentary “Johnny Goes Home,” to try to find something he had buried in the yard, Paulsen said.

The house is listed for sale with Century 21; the “oh so charming” home’s asking price is $167,000.

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