June 21, 2008
accident badly damages roadside property
Burnham-On-Sea family says they are fortunate to have escaped
injury after a car dramatically ploughed into the front of their
home during the early hours of Saturday morning (June 21st).
car was being driven at speed along Oxford Street when it came
off the road at around 6am, destroying a wall and sending bricks
and concrete through the front windows of the house.
four young occupants of the car - three men and a girl - allegedly
fled the scene but police later arrested one of them.
to Burnham-On-Sea.com, the house's residents, Pam and Douglas
Bickham, said the incident had left them in shock and underscores
the need for better enforcement of speed limits along the busy
sat in the bay window of our lounge would have been seriously
injured and could have been killed. It just doesn't bear thinking
about. The debris came right through our windows and across the
lounge," said Pat, pictured above.
added: "Vehicles using this stretch of road frequently speed
along at 70mph - there needs to be far better enforcement of the
speed limit. I'd like to see a speed camera introduced."
door neighbour Lindsey Stephens, whose garden was also damaged
by the crash, said she had also woken with a start when the accident
occurred. She told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I woke suddenly to
a very loud bang and looked out to see my garden damaged."
nearby resident, who asked not to be named, said: "It's a
disgrace that accidents like this happen. Young people just don't
think about the consequences when driving dangerously."
added: "When I looked out of my house, one of the youngsters
was trying to pull off the vehicle's registration plate. He didn't
check to ask whether the occupants of the house were hurt or even
apologise. They all just fled the scene."
concluded: "Today has been the longest day of the year -
and it definitely has felt like that for us. We're very grateful
for all the help of our neighbours and the police."
vehicle came off the road and span into a garden, sending bricks
and debris through the front windows of the house
chunks of the wall and other debris showered the lounge
are still investigating the incident, which occurred in the early
hours of Saturday