Pair lucky to escape
The calm of a Queen’s Birthday holiday in Whitby was shattered when a Subaru smashed into a house, leaving a 20-metre trail of destruction.
Whitby couple Simon Baker, 32, and Neida Simeona, 24, were taken to hospital with moderate injuries after Baker crashed through a bedroom wall in The Companionway at noon on June 2.
Nobody was at home in the damaged house.
Baker had blacked out just before he lost control of the car, his father Stephen Baker said.
Simon Baker told police at the scene that his accelerator had jammed before the crash.
His car cut through another Companionway garden at high speed, jumped over a row of agapanthus and hit the street hard enough to leave indentations before crashing through the house wall.
The car narrowly missed several large trees on both properties, and left a sizeable chunk of its front bumper on the neighbour’s garden.
Witness Conan Marriott said the Subaru had been seen ‘‘hooning’’ around the suburb all morning. Baker’s father said his son would not have been speeding before he lost control of the car.