Family's shock as car crashes into Peterborough home before driver and passengers flee

A stunned family had their quiet evening ruined after a car smashed into their home with the people inside the vehicle fleeing the scene.

Thursday, 4th October 2018, 9:06 am
Updated Thursday, 4th October 2018, 10:09 am

Colin Hammond, wife Vigie and daughter Alyssa (16) rushed outside after they heard a loud bang, only to see three people sprinting away and a large amount of damage to their house on the corner of Atherstone Avenue and Buckland Close, near Thorpe Primary School.

The silver Ford Mondeo had smashed through a fence before hitting the house on Tuesday at around 7.45pm. The impact of the crash was so severe that it caused a sofa inside to vibrate, while cracks on the outside rose all the way up to the main bedroom which is uninhabitable as a result.

Colin said: “I was taking the bins out. I came back inside and there was a massive bang. We ran out and saw three people running from the house. There was an elderly man and two who were younger.”

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The scene at the house in Atherstone Avenue

Colin said if the crash had been a metre to the left, the people in the car would have crashed into a tree and died.

He believes the driver was trying to turn left onto Buckland Close but went through his fence instead.

He is now hoping speed calming measures will be introduced due to a number of collisions recently, including one which saw a car land on its roof.

“Buckland Close is like a racing track - we need something in there,” he added.

Damage inside the house

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

The damage to the house in Atherstone Avenue
The scene at the house in Atherstone Avenue