Car slams into Casino home
AT 3am yesterday, Peter Korol was relaxing at his Casino home after a long shift at the meatworks.
A few minutes later he watched a car crash through his yard, into a tree and slam into the front of his house.
Lismore Police said a 35-year-old Casino man was driving along Russell St early yesterday morning when he failed to negotiate a right-hand bend and crashed into Mr Korol's home.
"I had come home just to relax and have something to eat and went to close the door to go to bed and I saw a car come down the road at a rate of knots," he said.
"It lost it just before the corner, ... (demolished a tree), slammed into our house and into the car, hit our garage and caused a lot of damage.
"But if wasn't for that poor little tree, I could have been very hurt."
Mr Korol alleged the driver of the car tried to flee while Mr Korol was on the phone to the police.
"...the guy tried to do a runner on me and backed out, where he got bogged," he said.
The driver was arrested at the scene and taken to Lismore Police Station.
He was charged with drink driving and traffic offences.
Despite damage to their garage door, their car and a wall of their home, Mr Korol and his room-mate Chris Deacon were thankful it was not much worse.
"If the tree wasn't there - you don't have to be a rocket scientist to work it out," Mr Korol said.
"It would have been straight into the lounge room where I was sitting - that was the scary part, mate."
The crash comes after a horrific accident near Coffs Harbour last week where a truck crashed into a home and killed an 11-year-old boy sleeping inside.
A few days later, a 13-year-old boy was rushed to hospital after a car crashed into his house on the Pacific Hwy, north of Sydney.