Mum’s lucky escape as car crashes into garden
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