Homeowner's rude awakening

A white Nissan crashed into a house on Great North Rd in Waterview this morning. Photo / Jesse Bourke-Jackson
A white Nissan crashed into a house on Great North Rd in Waterview this morning. Photo / Jesse Bourke-Jackson

A homeowner on one of Auckland's busiest roads is begging drivers to stop crashing into his house.

Derrick Jackson, who lives at 1529 Great North Rd in Waterview, was getting ready to go to work this morning when a white Nissan sedan blitzed through his fence and smacked into his bedroom wall.

"I heard it bang and said 'Jesus, what was that!'

Derrick Jackson was greeted by a car when he opened his door. Photo / Jesse Bourke-Jackson
Derrick Jackson was greeted by a car when he opened his door. Photo / Jesse Bourke-Jackson

"I ran to the door, couldn't get it open but managed to force it and then I saw the car was right there."

The crash happened at 6.15am, which Mr Jackson said was a "rude awakening".

Fire crews, ambulance and four police cars arrived at the scene, and a tow truck pulled the car off Mr Jackson's lawn.

"Thankfully [the car] didn't take too much out with it apart from the fence, the garden was the only thing that saved us.

"We had cars parked all around out here, luckily it didn't hit any of them."

The remnants of Mr Jackson's fence are strewn in front of his house, and a hole has been created after bricks in the wall were smashed out following the impact.

He said the woman driving the car didn't seem like she was seriously hurt but she was "in shock".

A hole has been created in Derrick Jackson's wall  following the impact. Photo / Jesse Bourke-Jackson
A hole has been created in Derrick Jackson's wall following the impact. Photo / Jesse Bourke-Jackson

St John spokesman Robbie Walker said one person was treated for minor injuries, but she wasn't taken to hospital.

It is not the first time Mr Jackson's house on the corner of Great North Rd and Fir St has been the target of a cannoning vehicle.

Four years ago a car ploughed into the wall of his dining room.

"I put up a hedge there to try and stop it from happening again, but now it's happened on the other side of the house."

Mr Jackson said a combination of peak-hour traffic and speed was to blame for the crashes.

"For some reason we have accidents out here on this corner all the time, people drive too fast and it's really busy here."

Past experiences meant Mr Jackson was fully prepared for another unexpected visitor.
"The house is all insured, that was the reason we got insurance, because of last time."

- NZ Herald

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