Car smashes house in hit and run incident

By Erika Venter

Ann Worthington considers the small blessings, thinking of what could have been if her 14-year-old daughter Christine had been at home on Friday night when a double cab ute crashed through her fence and shrubs, hitting the teenager's bedroom.

The roof is bent down, so the ute must have also hit the roof, Ann says, adding that everything happened so fast.

She was home alone with her daughters away for the weekend, reading a book in bed around midnight. Being on Pembroke Rd in Stratford just across the railway line, she says there is always noise when vehicles cross the line, but she heard the vehicle tearing down and with a deafening crashing sound it hit her property. "The whole house shook."

The biggest shock, however, was the driver and three occupants "running off".

Having just finished a refresher first-aid course, she says helping the occupants was uppermost in her mind. She called 111 and rushed out.

"They were piling out of the vehicle, dragging the driver who seemed a bit dazed - the windscreen was crashed on the driver's side.

Then, two took off in one direction and the other two in the other."

The police caught up with two of the passengers, but she says adding insult to injury, they later returned with one of them verbally abusing the police officer.

She says she recently removed a pine tree on her fenceline, which if still there could have resulted in fatal injuries.

The police confirmed the driver, a 24-year-old man from Eltham, gave himself up the next day. At going to press on Tuesday no charges have yet been laid, but police say they are continuing their investigation.

- Stratford Press

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