Close call . . . Louise Williams and Mark Herring in their front yard yesterday. TREVOR VEALE
Close call . . . Louise Williams and Mark Herring in their front yard yesterday. TREVOR VEALE

Get these idiots off the road

By CRAIG McTEAR

LOUISE Williams and her kids came within seconds of being wiped out in their front yard on Wednesday night.

She had been playing with her eight and nine-year-olds and their friend in her Beryl Street front yard about 8pm when they decided it was time to go inside.

It was a wise move indeed.

Only 40 seconds later, two P-platers racing each other tore up their street.

One lost control on a blind, sweeping bend, crossed to the wrong side of the road and hit a power pole side-on.

The Holden Commodore then sped across Louise's yard before coming to a stop nearby.

The skid marks and the power pole leaning precariously, along with glass shards, were stark reminders yesterday of what had transpired the night before.

Thankfully, no-one was injured or killed.

"I'd just gone in to run a bath. You could hear them coming, and then bang, it happened," Louise said.

Fearing the worst, residents poured onto the street to see what had happened.

They included Louise's partner, Mark Herring, and a neighbour, who prevented the driver from trying to get away.

"I called the police. I was frantic. I think I'm still in a lot of shock," Louise said.

"It happens all the time, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights. You can't park your car outside anymore.

"This is the second major accident in Beryl Street in two weeks."

Louise says she won't let her children play in the front yard anymore.

"It was terrible. My son couldn't sleep. He had nightmares," she said.

"He doesn't feel safe. I think it's scared him."

Mark reckons 'decent-sized' speed humps could stop speedsters wreaking havoc in their street, and he's prepared to circulate a petition for neighbours to sign.

Police breath-tested a Coffs Harbour man, 22, at the scene of the accident. The result was negative.

Their inquiries continue.



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