A woman and child have been forced to move into temporary accommodation after a car smashed through the wall of their home.
The terrifying collision happened shortly after 10pm last night (Monday, November 29), with the impact throwing the family’s dog across the room.
Images from the scene show the window smashed and furniture strewn across the room.
No one was badly hurt in the smash on Ron Stone Road in Speedwell, but Leah, the resident of the property, said she is very shaken and badly bruised and was taken to hospital to be checked over.
Avon and Somerset Police have confirmed that two men in their late teens are due to appear for a police interview at a later date following the crash.
Speaking to Bristol Live, Leah recounted the terrifying moment the car crashed into her home, destroying her living room and making the property uninhabitable.
“Honestly, I don’t know what happened,” said Leah. “Me, my nan, and my foster child went out to the theatre to see Robin Hood at the Bristol Old Vic, and then I come home, I sit down, I ring someone. Next thing I know, I can’t see, I can’t hear.
“My dog goes flying, there’s wood and dust and everything all over the place. Some wood hit me in my head, and then my sofa literally got thrown across the room. And then I climb out of all the rubble, and over the furniture and stuff that’s now in the middle of the sofa. And then I go outside and there’s millions of people outside and a car in my house.”
Leah said that there was a “big bang”, but that she really can’t remember much. “I couldn’t even see what it was. There was just so much dust or I don’t know what it was in my eyes. And then I opened my front door in hysterics. And then I looked to the right, and there was a car, and then I went back into my living room, and it was actually in my house.”
Leah said that after the crash, the people in the car just ran away, adding: “They didn’t even check to see if we were okay.”
Leah’s foster child was in the house upstairs at the time of the crash, but is uninjured. No details can be given about the child for legal reasons. Her nan who had been to theatre with them had left around 10 minutes earlier.
Her French Bulldog was okay after the accident, but added: “She was so scared she literally wouldn’t even come out of the room to come to me. One of my neighbours had to go in and get her.”
She has a cat as well who was upstairs when the crash happened.
Leah went to hospital to get checked over and said she feels a “whiplash” effect and is bruised, saying that she is in a pain all over.
This had already been a rough time for Leah. Storm Arwen resulted in the partial collapse of a building on Deep Pit Road, which borders onto her back garden.
“That scared the living daylights out of me,” she said. “And then I have a car drive into my house. I’ve got no sofa – my whole living room was destroyed. It’s Christmas time, I don’t have any money. I don’t even know if we’ve got a house for Christmas.”
Leah’s home is part of housing association, Abri, who she says reached out to her first thing this morning to discuss arranging emergency accommodation, adding that they’ve been “quite good”.
Currently, Leah’s home has been boarded up following the collision, and she is not yet able to return as the car crashed very close to where the property’s gas line is, and an engineer has to go to the property to check that it is safe.
What have the authorities said?
Michelle Dawson, Director of Housing and Community Involvement at Abri said: “We were made aware last night that a car had crashed into one of our homes in Speedwell. Thankfully, no one was hurt and our team worked quickly to make the area safe and secure.
“We take all customer safety matters extremely seriously and the wellbeing of our customer remains our priority. A surveyor has been out today to assess the damage and to do an initial check. A more thorough inspection will take place tomorrow (Wednesday) by a structural engineer and following their recommendation, we will put in place a plan for the repairs.
“In the meantime, our housing team have been working closely with our customer and have secured temporary accommodation. We are also looking at longer-term accommodation, to make sure our customer has a safe and suitable home for Christmas if they’re not able to return home.”
Avon and Somerset Police attended the scene, alongside Avon Fire and Rescue Service.
A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police said: “Emergency services attended Ron Stone Road, Speedwell yesterday evening (Monday 29 November) at about 10.20pm following a report that a car had collided into a residential property, causing significant damage.
“Thankfully, the occupants of the property were unharmed.
“The occupants of the vehicle, two males in their late teens, were taken to hospital with what are believed to be minor injuries.
“They are due to attend a police interview at a later date.
“Enquiries are ongoing. Anyone who witnessed the incident and has not yet spoken to police is asked to call 101 quoting reference 5221281029.”
Avon Fire and Rescue said: “Crews from Temple was called to a dangerous structure at 22:33pm.
“On arrival, crews found the scene of an RTC involving a car which had collided with a house, compromising the building’s structure.
“With the vehicle left in situ, firefighters isolated the car’s battery using small tools to make the scene safe.
“Services to the property were also isolated and police colleagues remained in attendance until a structural engineer could arrive.
“The occupant of the property suffered no injuries.”