Vandals in axe attack on car
By ALEX EASTON
KASSANDRA BAXTER'S relief at surviving a crash she thought would kill her was marred when vandals bent only on destruction attacked her stricken car with an axe.
The Goonellabah 17-year-old and her passenger, Vanessa Phil-lips, walked away from the late night crash on Tregeagle Road, near Wardell, grateful to be alive.
But relief turned to shock barely an hour later when a resident living near the crash site called to say she could hear the sound of breaking glass coming from the car.
When Kassandra and her father, Grahame, arrived they found the car, that had only suffered minor damage in the initial crash, battered and broken with holes from an axe blade in some panels and windows smashed.
However, the vandals ignored items left in the car, including hundreds of dollars worth of compact discs, pausing only to take one of Kassandra's P-plates.
"When we turned up the car was safely by the side of the road, but this is what it had come to," Mr Baxter said, gesturing at the wrecked car.
Kassandra said the crash happened on a bend on Tregeagle Road, when she was momentarily blinded by the headlights of an oncoming car.
Kassandra said she lost sight of the corner and then lost control of the car, spinning and crashing through a ditch by the road before coming to rest against a wire fence.
"I thought I was going to die," Kassandra said. "I could see my funeral."
Instead, she and her passenger, 18-year-old friend Vanessa Phillips, both walked away unharmed.
Mr Baxter credited the ditch with saving their lives.
"It really slowed them down," he said.