Car smashes home in night-time collision
Stunned Warwick residents spoke out over speeding motorists after a roadside home had its corner demolished by a middle of the night car collision.
The morning after, a gaping hole remained in the side of the home at the corner of Frithcote Lane and Middle Road, just east of the Belmont Hills entrance.
“How people can drive along here at the speed they do just blows my mind,” a neighbour told
The Royal Gazette, adding that he’s contemplating putting up his own speed camera. “It’s like the wild west — 60kph is the new 50kph.”
According to police, yesterday’s 4.10am collision dealt “extensive frontal damage” to the car but left no one injured.
“It’s a miracle nobody got killed. There’s a hole right into the side of the house next door to us and all this shattered concrete,” the neighbour said.
The car took out a downstairs wall and also struck the staircase leading up to the house’s front door.
Calling the unsafe condition of the roads “a social barometer”, the man and his wife said dangerous drivers had clipped their own parked car on several occasions, and that impatient motorists even drove up on the sidewalk along what is already an unsafe turn in Middle Road.
The couple, ten-year residents in the neighbourhood, said a lack of enforcement had turned the stretch of road into a speedway.
Ironically, the crash followed shortly after a visit by Dale Butler, Progressive Labour Party candidate for Warwick North East, that resulted in a ‘Concealed Entrance’ warning sign being posted near the junction.
“Every time you drive down the road you see another wall knocked down,” the area resident added. “Now you’re not even safe in your house.”
Workmen at the scene the next morning told
The Royal Gazette that the whole corner of the house had been badly cracked, and might collapse. The resident was not available for comment.
Police said inquiries into the crash were ongoing.