Wife's driving lesson goes sideways

By Shawn McAvinue

Photo / Otago Daily Times
Photo / Otago Daily Times

A 40-year-old learner driver finished a driving lesson with her husband on Sunday by parking the car "sideways" in the driveway of a repeatedly unlucky Dunedin resident, police say.

Senior Sergeant Bruce Ross, of Dunedin, said a woman, being given a driving lesson by her husband in a Mitsubishi hatchback crashed around midday.

The woman "over accelerated" when negotiating a "steep sharp right" from Adderley Tce to Junction Rd, in Ravensbourne, and hit the kerb, he said.

The hatchback "flopped" down a bank and hit a parked red Holden sedan in a driveway below, he said.

The sedan stopped the hatchback from rolling on its roof.

Dominique Aitcheson said she had lived at the house for four years and the sedan with minor damage was her husbands.

Her husband had heard two loud bangs and looked out his window to see a neighbour running to help people from the car on its side in the driveway.

The couple were on their way to visit a relation for Mother's Day, Mrs Aitcheson said.

The car was positioned in the "exactly the same spot" to another crash about two years ago when a drunk driver had "cornered too fast", she said.

Ravensbourne Chief Fire Officer Ross Bryant said he attended the crash, which was similar to another crash he attended in the driveway about 10 years ago, when a motorist was blinded by sun strike.

The husband had remained "cool and calm" after the accident when the wife was "upset and injured".

A St John spokeswoman said a person with minor injuries was taken to Dunedin Hospital.

- Otago Daily Times

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