Red Rock resident Lois Russell inspects the damage after a car crashed into the front yard of her home on Tuesday night, while (inset) police allege the Ford Falcon driver fled the crash scene.
Red Rock resident Lois Russell inspects the damage after a car crashed into the front yard of her home on Tuesday night, while (inset) police allege the Ford Falcon driver fled the crash scene.

Grans's late night fright

RED Rock great grandmother Lois Russell thought the worst when she heard an almighty crash.

The 90-year-old at first figured a mini-tornado had slammed into her home in a repeat of the damaging twister which rocked the sleepy village in June.

But as she opened her front door she discovered an out-of-control car had careered through her yard, overturned, and landed on its side just metres from her bed- room.

The dazed driver – who has family in the area – appeared to be none the worse for wear after his hair-raising ride.

“He climbed out, asked if I was all right, apologised, said he would pay for the damages and took off,” Mrs Russell said.

Police have confirmed the driver was a 31-year-old who could not be found after Tuesday night’s accident.

Officers investigating the incident were yesterday continuing their inquiries.

“The poor lad was as startled as I was, at least no-one was hurt,” Mrs Russell said.

“My picket fence will need to be replaced and two of the bushes in the yard are gone but these things can be fixed.

“When the tornado hit Red Rock a few months back it never bothered my house one bit, I only ended up with a few sticks in the yard but this has made a real mess.

“You just never know, do you?

“The boy’s father has been around to clean up. I just hope the lad can stop and think and learn from it.

“He didn’t appear to be drunk, I couldn’t smell it on his breath when he leant over and apologised . . . he said he was on his way home.”

The accident happened around 9pm when the Ford Falcon station wagon travelling along Red Rock Rd left the road and crashed through the yard of the Schafer St house.



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