Crash leaves fam­ily with­out a home

Central Leader - - NEWS - By EMMA WHIT­TAKER

The home of a young fam­ily is un­in­hab­it­able af­ter a car ploughed into a bed­room where they slept.

Kerry Bartlett says his daugh­ter Nina Bartlett, her hus­band Rob Brown, and their son Ge­orge, 8 weeks, are lucky to be alive af­ter the car crashed into their Mt Eden house in the early hours of Thurs­day morn­ing.

‘‘The whole front win­dow fell on to the bed. If Rob hadn’t been shunted out of the way it would have landed on him,’’ Mr Bartlett says.

A ter­ri­fied Ms Bartlett found her son still in his moses bas­ket which was un­derneath a con­crete block.

‘‘He had a cou­ple of scratches on him but he was fine.

‘‘Ev­ery­one was ex­tremely lucky to get out,’’ Mr Bartlett says.

The fam­ily are on hol­i­day re­cov­er­ing.

Their Mew­burn Ave house has been boarded up.

‘‘Struc­tural engi­neers are as­sess­ing the dam­age,’’ Mr Bartlett says.

‘‘We re­ally have no idea how long it will be be­fore they are back in it.’’

The 20-year-old driver of the car was left with mi­nor in­juries.

Be­fore the crash he was seen al­legedly speed­ing along Do­min­ion Rd and was chased by po­lice.

The pur­suit lasted than a minute.

He has been charged with danger­ous driv­ing caus­ing in­jury and fail­ing to stop.

Po­lice spokesman Hirone Ware­tini says the driver could face fur­ther charges. A blood sam­ple was taken to see if al­co­hol was a fac­tor in the in­ci­dent.

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Photo: PETER MEECHAM

Af­ter­math: It may be some time be­fore aMt Eden fam­ily can move back into their house af­ter a car crashed into it while they were in­side.

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