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Monday, 31 December 2012 (3033928)
Unwanted surprise on Christmas Eve
by David Simister

AN AINSDALE pensioner was left counting the cost on Christmas Eve after a motorist crashed away into her front wall - and then drove away from the scene.

Patricia Ashthorpe, 74, said that the front garden wall of her home on Cherry Road was destroyed after being hit by a car at around 5pm on Christmas Eve, less than two minutes after she had got back into the house after seeing her daughter. She heard a loud bang outside her home and rushed to discover what had happened, but by the time she had got to the front door the driver who had hit her wall - having driven across more than 20 feet of pavement after leaving the road - had already driven away, leaving her to deal with hundreds of pounds worth of damage.

She told The Champion: “I'd only been in the house two minutes when I heard a massive bang, and when I got to the front I saw all the damage that'd been done - it's a real mess. Even though some of the wall is still standing what hasn't come down and has been moved a good few inches, and I've been told by the insurance company that the whole thing will have to be demolished and rebuilt from scratch.

”Luckily, most of the cost of the repairs will be covered by the home insurance but I'll still have to pay the excess, which is a lot of money to pay out considering it's Christmas.“

Ms Ashthorpe added that although the incident happened on Christmas Eve, she refused to let it get her spirits down and continued to enjoy the festive break with her family despite the shock and the costs of the repair.

Angela Dorman, Patricia's daughter, said that due to the time of year many of the nearby residents who would have seen the incident were away for the Christmas break, and that as far as she was aware nobody in the nearby area, including the staff of an adjacent children's home, saw the incident. However metallic green fragments of the car's paintwork were left at the scene.

She said: ”As I was only over the road at the time I heard the bang as well, but by the time I got to my mum's the car had gone, but I was amazed at how far it had managed to travel from the road and across the pavement to end up hitting the wall with the force it did.

“I'm just so glad that my mum had got into the house safely and wasn't hurt at all - if she'd got in two minutes later it could have been a very different story.”

If you saw what happened get in touch with Merseyside Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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