Pensioner’s near miss as car hits her Lincoln home
A pensioner's peaceful rest in her favourite armchair was shattered when a car crashed into her house after ploughing through a privet hedge.
Marlene Sugden, 74, was just three feet away with her back to the window as the red Ford Fiesta struck the living room wall, causing bricks to fall inwards and damaging the window frame.
Mrs Sugden, of Queen Elizabeth Road, Ermine, Lincoln, who had been enjoying a bit of quiet after five great grandchildren had left the home, initially thought there had been an explosion.
The impact toppled a wooden bureau and structural damage meant she couldn't get out the front door. She only discovered the car on her lawn after exiting via a side door.
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The vehicle was being driven by a 76-year-old woman, who apparently lost control and first struck a parked van on the other side of the road.
The car then crossed the street before hitting Mrs Sugden's home.
No one was hurt in the incident which happened at about 5.25pm on Sunday, August 11.
Mrs Sugden said: "I was in shock when I realised what had happened.
"I was sat in my chair about two to three feet from the window – the great grandchildren had left 40 minutes before – when, all of a sudden, I heard a massive bang and thought that there had been an explosion.
"I didn't realise it was a car because I couldn't get out of the front door.
"You would never imagine it would do all this damage.
"I can't believe it went through the hedge – I've been here for about 47 years and it was here then."
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue installed timber supports to prop up the front room's ceiling after the crash.
Mrs Sugden, who is currently staying with relatives, said: "I feel lucky that the kids weren't here when this happened.
"It's just bricks and mortar and so this will all be sorted out.
"The most important thing is that no one was hurt."
Lincolnshire Police said no one was arrested.