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House crash woe for Bredon woman Susan

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: November 24, 2012

  • Message: Susan Abraham outside her home last year when she put up a sign about driver safety

  • The house after the crash

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FIRST she lost a bitter battle over parking outside her house.

Now Bredon resident Susan Abraham is reeling again after a car crashed into her home in the middle of the night.

She and her husband, Tony, were asleep upstairs and were not hurt in the incident.

But they were shocked to find the vehicle had crashed through their wall and lounge window, leaving a gaping hole which will cost thousands of pounds to repair. It means that, while they get the damage fixed, they will have to take the house off the market.

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They had planned to sell it so they could move away from the village following bad feeling there over the parking issue.

Susan said: "It's been a bit of a nightmare.

"The bricks are all in the house, there's a hole in the wall and the window has gone.

"It's been boarded up and it's going to be a big job to repair."

Recalling the moment the car slammed into the house, at 4.30am on Sunday, she said: "We were both asleep and we thought a bomb had gone off.

"I leapt out of bed so quickly. I didn't know what it was but I knew something was wrong."

She said the young man who had been driving the car was not injured and she was so shocked at what had happened that she did not really find out why he had lost control of his vehicle. But she said he was very apologetic over the incident, which saw the police, fire service and ambulance service attend the scene.

She added: "The main thing was that he was okay.

"At least the window caved in and that softened the blow for him."

West Mercia Police confirmed that nobody was hurt and no arrest was made following the crash.

Double yellow lines now prevent Susan from parking her Smart car outside her home.

Worcestershire County Council put them in place earlier this year after public concern that the parking of vehicles on the busy road might cause a highway hazard.

Susan, who insisted it was speeding drivers and not her parked car that was the problem, received abuse over the issue.

Passing motorists would beep their horn in annoyance, often late at night, and few villagers supported her over the stance she took.

She said it had made feel "quite lonely and isolated" within the village.

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