CUMBERLAND — A 72-year-old man is recovering from minor injuries he sustained after crashing his car into a home on the county’s west side while suffering an unknown medical issue, police said.

John Williams of Greenfield was driving north along Buck Creek Road around 4:30 p.m. Sunday when he became unconscious, lost control of his car and veered off the roadway, according to Cumberland police.

Williams drove through as many as five front yards located near the Hancock-Marion county line, running over several mailboxes before crashing into the front of one home in the 100 block of Buck Creek Road, officials said.

The crash caused moderate but repairable damage to the home, police said.

Williams was taken to an Indianapolis hospital with minor injuries and still was recovering there at press time Monday; doctors were working to determine what might have caused him to become ill, officials said.

Police say Williams was on his way home from a nearby restaurant when the accident occurred.

Witnesses told police they saw the man slumped over his steering wheel moments before his black sedan collided with the front of the house, officials said.

The car struck a wall that leads to the living room, causing the outdoor brick exterior to crumple and cracking the interior wall, officials said.

The homeowner was sitting on a couch in the living room that was positioned along the damaged wall.

She was shaken but uninjured, officials said.

Witnesses called 911 to report the crash and notified first-responders that Williams was hurt, records show.

Local fire department medics took him to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. He had minor injuries from the crash and also was suffering from a high-grade fever, officials said.

Monday, Williams’ wife told police her husband was still at the hospital, where doctors were running a series of tests they hoped would help them determine what happened in the minutes before the man crashed his car.

Police do not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor in the accident.

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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or