Neighbour reveals shock as man dies in fatal smash in Holt

The scene of the fatal smash at Kerridge Way, Holt. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY

The scene of the fatal smash at Kerridge Way, Holt. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY - Credit: ALLY McGILVRAY

'I looked in the kitchen and everything was fine, then I opened the bathroom door and there was water flying everywhere because it [the impact] had burst the basin.'

A recovery vehicle removes the car from the scene of fatal smash in Holt. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY

A recovery vehicle removes the car from the scene of fatal smash in Holt. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY - Credit: ALLY McGILVRAY

An elderly man has died after a car left the road and smashed into a block of flats in Holt last night.

The brown Vauxhall Mokka was being driven along the town's Kerridge Way when the driver appears to have been taken ill at the wheel.

Emergency services raced to the scene at Shrublands Court after the alarm was raised shortly after 5.30pm.

Police, fire and ambulance crews were all in attendance.

Police at the scene of the tragedy in Holt. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY

Police at the scene of the tragedy in Holt. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY - Credit: ALLY McGILVRAY


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However, despite desperate efforts to save him, the casualty - a man in his 80s - was pronounced dead at the scene.

Recalling the drama, a shocked resident, whose ground floor flat was damaged in the collision, said: 'We were having our dinner and there was an almighty bang and I thought the microwave had broken or something.

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'I looked in the kitchen and everything was fine, then I opened the bathroom door and there was water flying everywhere because it [the impact] had burst the basin.

'I saw in the bathroom window a hazard light and I came outside and the car was here. I came out and wrenched the car door open because the front was all pushed in and there was no response from him.'

He added that a police support officer turned up and helped remove the man from the vehicle, then other police officers came and gave him CPR.

Fire crews from Sheringham and Holt assisted the ambulance service.

Police say their inquiries are ongoing and have issued an appeal for information. The vehicle was removed from the roadside shortly before 9pm.

A spokesperson for Norfolk Constabulary said: 'Officers would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the collision - or the manner in which the Vauxhall was being driven prior to the incident.

'Anyone with information should contact the Serious Collision Investigation Team on 101.'

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