Lucky escape as car ploughs into Sheffield home

A Sheffield family had a lucky escape when a vehicle smashed into their home, destroying the kitchen and causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

The house on Castleback Drive, Manor, home to Derek and Jane Reeder, was struck by a neighbour’s Cherokee Jeep at around midnight on Tuesday night.

The driver Lee Fox was taken to hospital with a suspected head injury after he was cut free from the vehicle by firefighters.

Derek, aged 57, who was in bed at the time of the accident, said that the jeep hit the house with such force he was just grateful the driver was alive and there were no serious casualties.

“I heard a bang and I thought a joyrider might have come through the fence – that’s happened three or four times before in the 20 years we’ve lived here,” he said.

“If it had happened during the daytime it could have been much worse. We could have been in there at the kitchen table, or cooking tea.

“When I went down to look I couldn’t get into the kitchen – it’s been totally demolished, big style.

“The sink, the washer and cupboards have been pushed over 20 feet, right to the back of the kitchen. We won’t be able to use it for a long, long time.”

Derek said the driver, who lives across the road may have come round the corner and lost control after hitting the kerb.

The car had totally demolished a wooden fence and a wooden post before hitting the house.

Derek added that the property had been boarded up after a visit by the insurance company, and surveyors, who had found the property was otherwise sound.

“Cars do tend to tear down the hill towards us and we are in a bit of a dip. 
“We’ve asked the council to put speed bumps in but to no avail as they say it is a bus route.”

Derek told The Star that the driver was conscious when he was freed but seemed to be in a bit of a daze.

“Luckily my daughter Nicola lives next door so we will be able to stay there while the repairs are carried out,” he added.

14th July 2014
Carly Bayliss