Crash leaves family without a home
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.
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.