Driver crashes car into dining room of Bergh Apton cottage

The damage caused by the crash at Bergh Apton. Photo: Submitted

The damage caused by the crash at Bergh Apton. Photo: Submitted - Credit: Archant

A woman out with friends came home to her Bergh Apton cottage to discover that a driver had crashed into her dining room - and written off her sports car.

A home in Bergh Apron was struck by a car.PHOTO: Nick Butcher

A home in Bergh Apron was struck by a car.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Lin Lawler, 61, of Welbeck Road, was with friends, who were visiting from Australia, when she was contacted by police at 3am on Friday May 13 and taken back to her home.

When she arrived, the car, which crashed into her house, had been removed from her garden but the business consultant said it was clear what had gone on.

'When I got back to my cottage the car was gone but it appeared it had come off the bend at speed, then gone through my garden wall, hit my bin, deflected off my sports car and then gone through the wall of my house and into my dining room,' she said. 'Luckily no-one was in there at the time or the fall of the bricks could have killed them.'

Emergency services were called to the cottage at 11.40pm earlier that night after a woman in her 40s crashed a red Ford Fiesta into the cottage.

A home in Bergh Apron was struck by a car.PHOTO: Nick Butcher

A home in Bergh Apron was struck by a car.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher


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The woman was arrested for failing a roadside breath test and taken to hospital where further bloods were taken. She has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

The force of the impact to Mrs Lawler's red Toyota GT8 means that it is almost certainly written off but she was told by her claims adjustor that the driver probably avoided more serious injury by hitting her car first, rather than going straight into the house.

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She said: 'I bought the car in February and when I was driving back home someone drove into the back of it. I only got it back three weeks ago and only drove it three times before this happened. It looks like the damage caused to it will mean it will be written off.'

There is a hole in the wall of her house and her dining room is damaged but Mrs Lawler said that she was just thankful that no-one was killed.

'It could have been a lot worse,' she said.

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