Jan 31 2013 By James Gates
St Margarets Road, Hanwell W7. Houses damaged by car.
A WOMAN narrowly avoided a horrific injury after a car collided with the front of her house in Hanwell on Sunday night.
Lynsey Willoughby, who shares the house in St Margarets Road with her husband Tim, left her living room seconds before heavy debris was sent hurtling towards where she had been sitting.
Mrs Willoughby had been watching television just before midnight while her husband was alseep. She said: “I was watching a film when the adverts came on and I decided that would be a good time to pop to the toilet.
“I was upstairs when I suddenly heard a huge whooshing sound followed by an almighty crash. I thought ‘what the hell is going on?’”
She returned downstairs to find her front windows had been smashed in and a projectile that struck the wall with so much force that it had made a dent in the brickwork. The house next door had suffered similar damage as the car had struck diagonally.
“My window frame had been knocked so hard it was on my couch. I saw the bricks and the dent in the wall I had been sitting in front moments earlier and realised that I could have been decapitated.
Her husband said: “The noise from the crash was so loud that we heard from people ten doors down say that it woke them up.”
The couple, who have lived at the property for over five years, said they are insured but are still shaken from the incident.
Mrs Willoughby said: “We were very unlucky but also very, very lucky. Although we don’t have children we have a couple of cats who were actually on the couch when the accident happened, but they got out of the way in time and are okay, apart from some torn claws.”
Police were on the scene soon after the collision. The driver of the vehicle reportedly fled his vehicle and dived into a nearby canal to try and escape before realising he couldn’t get out on the other side and handed himself over to police.
A police spokesman said a 23-year-old was arrested and bailed for driving under the influence of drugs.