Driver crashes into house
A CAR careered off the road and smashed into the corner of a house in Ocean Shores on Monday night, giving the elderly occupant the fright of her life.
Lola Jacek, 76, had just sat down for a quiet night in front of the television at her Orana Road home when she heard a huge noise.
“She thought that something had exploded in the fridge,” her son-in-law, Steve Butler, said.
“But it turns out that a car had hit the house.”
The car crashed through an outer brick wall into Mrs Jacek's garage and laundry and punched a hole in the Gyprock wall into her living room where she was sitting.
It was ‘just lucky' the car clipped a tree in Mrs Jacek's garden before crashing into the house, Mr Butler said.
“Otherwise it would have come into the room,” he added.
The driver of the Holden Commodore had lost control, crossed to the wrong side of the road and rammed into the corner of the house, police said.
“The driver has then taken off,” Tweed-Byron Local Area Command duty officer, Acting Inspector Doug Connors, said.
The house is on a gentle bend in the road, two doors down from St Anselm Anglican Church.
A set of tyre marks was visible on the road, indicating a sharp turn from the left-hand side of the road into Mrs Jacek's property on the opposite side.
The car cut a swathe through Mrs Jacek's garden, flattening everything in its path and gouging a chunk out of a medium-sized tree.
A shaken Mrs Jacek spent the night with her daughter in Ocean Shores.
Police were called about 7.30pm when a neighbour heard the collision, Insp Connors said.
The fire brigade had to brace the roof of the house with four supports to stop it from collapsing, and to allow the car to be removed.
Witnesses said the fleeing driver was a man aged between 20 and 25, with short brown hair, wearing a hooded jumper and dark pants.
He was last seen running through a property in Orana Road, Insp Connors said.