Mum’s lucky es­cape as car crashes into gar­den

Rossendale Free Press - - Front Page - CHAR­LOTTE GREEN

AMUM- OF- TWO said she was sec­onds from death after a car flipped onto its roof and ca­reered into her drive­way.

Jackie John­stone was just turn­ing the key in the door of her Hasling­den home when the car struck her gar­den wall, over­turned and smashed into a car parked out­side.

The driver and pas­sen­ger in the Vaux­hall Corsa fled the scene of the crash at Smithy Brow Court and po­lice are now ap­peal­ing for in­for­ma­tion.

Jackie, 53, de­scribed it as like ‘some­thing out of a film’, and it was only luck that saved her from be­ing hit by the ca­reer­ing ve­hi­cle.

She said: “I heard them go­ing down the road and I thought they were go­ing fast, and then the crash hap­pened in a blink of an eye. They hit my gar­den wall and the car crashed and went on its side and then hit my car and over­turned com­pletely.

“It was fright­en­ing, I was pet­ri­fied. I had just got out of my car, if it had hap­pened ten sec­onds ear­lier they would have hit me. It’s not ev­ery day you see a car flip­ping over right by your front door.”

The crash also wrecked Nis­san Qashqai hire car she had parked on the drive. Jackie, who has two daugh­ters and a two-yearold grand­daugh­ter, had moved into the house with her hus­band Paul just 12 months ago, hop­ing, she said, to live ‘some­where quiet’.

She added: “The crash has re­ally shook me up, I have not been right since, I just keep think ‘what if’ – noth­ing hap­pened to me but you can’t help think­ing that a few sec­onds dif­fer­ence and I’d be dead.

“Peo­ple treat these roads like a race track, it’s ter­ri­ble. There were young kids play­ing out on the road who could have been hit by this stu­pid­ity, it doesn’t bear think­ing about. It was just luck that I wasn’t stood there when it crashed. I watched it all but I was help­less and it just hap­pened so quick. It was like some­thing that you see on a film.”

Jackie said the two men in the Corsa hid their faces be­fore run­ning away from the scene of the crash ‘cov­ered in blood’.

Po­lice have ap­pealed for in­for­ma­tion fol­low­ing the crash. A spokesper­son said: “We were called about 4.50pm to a dam­age-only col­li­sion.

“Two cars had col­lided and one ended up on its roof. The two males in the Vaux­hall Corsa made off and we have not yet lo­cated them.”

Two fire crews from Rawten­stall were also called to the scene of the crash. A Lan­cashire Fire and Res­cue ser­vice spokesper­son said: “No-one was trapped in ei­ther car and fire­fight­ers en­sured that there were no re­main­ing haz­ards in re­spect of fire, spilled fuel or oil, or de­bris.”

Any­one with any in­for­ma­tion about the col­li­sion should con­tact po­lice on 101 quot­ing log num­ber 1012 of Au­gust 23.

Jackie John­stone (left) was just sec­onds away from se­ri­ous in­jury when a speed­ing boy racer crashed into the side of her house, flipped on its roof and smashed into her car

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