Shock as car crashes into house

This Is Wiltshire: The scene of the accident in King William Street yesterday The scene of the accident in King William Street yesterday

AN 80-year-old driver could not remember how he came to crash into the front of a house when a first aider tended to him.

At about 10.45am, a maroon Ford Fiesta hit the front of an end-of-terrace house in King William Street, Old Town, leaving 8ft cracks up the front of the building.

The driver, from the Swindon area, was taken to Great Western Hospital with minor injuries.

There was nobody in the property at the time of the collision, which police believe is not thought to have taken place above 30mph.

The road was closed from Prospect Place’s junction with Union Street while there was a danger of the wall collapsing.

Jun Longalong, deputy manager at Kingsmead Care Home, gave first aid to the driver. He and PC Adrian Ridley, of Wiltshire Police, gave a brief description of what they believe happened in the moments before the crash.

Jun said the car had swung around the corner from Prospect Place, narrowly avoided a parked red Ford Fiesta on the right hand side of the road before glancing the side of the care home building on the left of the road.

It was the car’s contact with the care home which drew Jun and his colleagues’ attention to the car.

Jun, 40, said: “I found him bleeding on his forehead and gave him first aid. It was brought to my attention and I called for an ambulance straight away. I took my first aid kit and used it to help him.

“He was fully conscious when I attended, but he was very confused.

“He couldn’t even remember his address or what happened when I asked him. He couldn’t even remember he had smashed into the wall.”

The owner of the property, named locally as Alec, was at the scene as emergency services surveyed the damage. Marc Conway, 80, a retired plasterer who lives two doors down from Alec, said: “I heard a thud and looked out of my window, but didn’t really pay attention to it at first.

“Alec has lived there for three or four years. He had been out on a bike ride when he came back to see the damage.

“He said ‘I’m glad I wasn’t in there. I’ve got a desk in front of the window and would’ve had a good view of it.’ “Naturally he’s a bit shocked. I just did my best and made him a cup of tea.”

PC Ridley said: “The man has been taken to the hospital for a check-up. It is a precautionary decision based upon his age.

“The building control people from Swindon Council are on their way to survey the damage and decide on the plan of action for how to deal with this wall.”

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4:23pm Tue 14 Jan 14

The Real Librarian says...

Old person not fit to be behind the wheel, behind the wheel.

In other news, Pope rumoured to be a catholic.
Old person not fit to be behind the wheel, behind the wheel. In other news, Pope rumoured to be a catholic. The Real Librarian
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8:48pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Localboy86 says...

The amount of old people on our roads who are unsafe to drive is horrendous, see at least one a week who shouldn't still be on the road, stopping at empty roundabouts etc
The amount of old people on our roads who are unsafe to drive is horrendous, see at least one a week who shouldn't still be on the road, stopping at empty roundabouts etc Localboy86
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9:31pm Tue 14 Jan 14

house on the hill says...

Localboy86 wrote:
The amount of old people on our roads who are unsafe to drive is horrendous, see at least one a week who shouldn't still be on the road, stopping at empty roundabouts etc
And of course there are no younger drivers around who deserve to be strung up for drink and drugs driving, using mobiles or just being arrogant cvnts! I bet your parents and elderly relatives are so proud of you wanting them removed from their cars just for being old as you will be one day (or not hopefully!) Miserable little two faced bigot.
[quote][p][bold]Localboy86[/bold] wrote: The amount of old people on our roads who are unsafe to drive is horrendous, see at least one a week who shouldn't still be on the road, stopping at empty roundabouts etc[/p][/quote]And of course there are no younger drivers around who deserve to be strung up for drink and drugs driving, using mobiles or just being arrogant cvnts! I bet your parents and elderly relatives are so proud of you wanting them removed from their cars just for being old as you will be one day (or not hopefully!) Miserable little two faced bigot. house on the hill
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10:33pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Localboy86 says...

house on the hill wrote:
Localboy86 wrote:
The amount of old people on our roads who are unsafe to drive is horrendous, see at least one a week who shouldn't still be on the road, stopping at empty roundabouts etc
And of course there are no younger drivers around who deserve to be strung up for drink and drugs driving, using mobiles or just being arrogant cvnts! I bet your parents and elderly relatives are so proud of you wanting them removed from their cars just for being old as you will be one day (or not hopefully!) Miserable little two faced bigot.
Calm down grandad you'll give yourself a heart attack, hope your not driving with all this pent up aggression lol
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Localboy86[/bold] wrote: The amount of old people on our roads who are unsafe to drive is horrendous, see at least one a week who shouldn't still be on the road, stopping at empty roundabouts etc[/p][/quote]And of course there are no younger drivers around who deserve to be strung up for drink and drugs driving, using mobiles or just being arrogant cvnts! I bet your parents and elderly relatives are so proud of you wanting them removed from their cars just for being old as you will be one day (or not hopefully!) Miserable little two faced bigot.[/p][/quote]Calm down grandad you'll give yourself a heart attack, hope your not driving with all this pent up aggression lol Localboy86
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8:19am Wed 15 Jan 14

Localboy86 says...

Oh and if I felt an eldery relative was no longer safe to drive I would sit them down and tell them, that's what friends and family are for, to look out for each other. Not sure how my nan for example would be able to cope if she knocked someone down. While we're here, I didn't say young drivers were faultless so I don't get your rant.
Oh and if I felt an eldery relative was no longer safe to drive I would sit them down and tell them, that's what friends and family are for, to look out for each other. Not sure how my nan for example would be able to cope if she knocked someone down. While we're here, I didn't say young drivers were faultless so I don't get your rant. Localboy86
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9:04am Wed 15 Jan 14

ChannelX says...

Localboy86 wrote:
The amount of old people on our roads who are unsafe to drive is horrendous, see at least one a week who shouldn't still be on the road, stopping at empty roundabouts etc
Stopping at empty roundabouts is always the tell-tale sign of a person who's not fit to hold a driving licence.
[quote][p][bold]Localboy86[/bold] wrote: The amount of old people on our roads who are unsafe to drive is horrendous, see at least one a week who shouldn't still be on the road, stopping at empty roundabouts etc[/p][/quote]Stopping at empty roundabouts is always the tell-tale sign of a person who's not fit to hold a driving licence. ChannelX
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