Lucky escape as car hits house in Grasmere Grove, Rawcliffe, York

Lucky escape as car hits house

Malcolm Bexton surveys the damage after a car crashed through his wall and fence and into the corner of his bungalow in Rawcliffe, York

A policeman surveys the scene of the accident

Mr Bexton inspects the damage

First published in News by

A FREAK accident left a trail of destruction across the front of a York house - and the wreckage of a car embedded in the wall.

Malcolm Bexton, 69, was enjoying a coffee in his front room yesterday when he heard a massive bang - which sounded like a bomb going off, he said.

All he could hear was a din of breaking timber and crashing masonry as he ran outside to find a heap of rubble where his garden wall and fence used to be in Grasmere Grove, off Eastholme Drive, Rawcliffe.

An elderly couple in a Honda HR-V were trapped in the vehicle - which had become entangled in the wreckage of the 6ft-tall back garden fence.

Breeze blocks from the 3ft-high garden wall were flung about the driveway and the vehicle, a baby SUV, had become wedged under the back corner of Mr Bexton’s bungalow.

Quick-thinking neighbour Dave Beavers, 64, an estate agent and property developer, tore down the remains of the fence and pulled the wreckage off the bonnet so he could free the couple from the car.

Mr Bexton was stunned to see that his 30-year-old daughter Karen’s newly serviced and MOT-ed Renault Cleo Mark 2 had also been wrecked.

The retired National Railway Museum worker said it was lucky he was safe inside when the accident happened shortly after 1pm.

He said: “I was sitting in my front room having a coffee. Then I heard this massive bang. It was like a hotel being blown up.

“All you could hear was bricks and wood being crushed.

“You might expect something like this to happen on a motorway. But not in a village in your own back garden.”

The Honda had squeezed through a six-foot gap in the driveway between the gate post and a parked car belonging to his daughter’s friend.

The friend’s car was not touched, but his daughter’s Cleo was written off only a couple of hours after it was given a service and MOT.

He said the elderly man inside the car told him he had been taking his wife for a hospital check up when the accident happened.

He added: “They were shaken up, but not hurt. They were very lucky. What happened was incredible. He said the car was an automatic and he could not stop it.”

The pensioner has been told he cannot have the car removed from his house in case the corner of the building collapses and must wait for structural engineers to check the damage.

He said: “The insurers offered me a night in the hotel, but I can’t leave it like this. That corner of the house has moved two inches and the bedroom window has popped out.”

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said they were investigating a report of an accident involving a Honda HR-V driven by one of Mr Bexton’s neighbours, a man aged in his 80s.

“The vehicle is wedged into the corner of the house and is also reported to have taken out a fence and wall,” the spokesman added.

“The elderly man was reported to be out of his vehicle and back in his house.”

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8:27am Fri 27 Jun 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

Mr Bexton should think himself lucky that this motor vehicle accident has only ruined his daughter's car and his garden wall and put his house at risk of collapse.

Imagine the mayhem, carnage and catastrophe if a cyclist had ridden past his house *on the footpath*
Mr Bexton should think himself lucky that this motor vehicle accident has only ruined his daughter's car and his garden wall and put his house at risk of collapse. Imagine the mayhem, carnage and catastrophe if a cyclist had ridden past his house *on the footpath* Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: -14

8:59am Fri 27 Jun 14

heworth.28 says...

Some rather over the top use of language in the article, calm down Press...
Some rather over the top use of language in the article, calm down Press... heworth.28
  • Score: 40

8:59am Fri 27 Jun 14

heworth.28 says...

Oh and the reg plate isn't censored very well on the front page thumbnail either!
Oh and the reg plate isn't censored very well on the front page thumbnail either! heworth.28
  • Score: 8

9:23am Fri 27 Jun 14

TheTruthHurts says...

He said the car was an automatic and he could not stop it.


How about using the brakes and taking your foot off the accelerator?

Its just another example of an old person who shouldnt be on the road much like the person who drove into waitrose the other week.

Its just lucky that the house is repairable and that none was seriously injured.
[quote] He said the car was an automatic and he could not stop it. [/quote] How about using the brakes and taking your foot off the accelerator? Its just another example of an old person who shouldnt be on the road much like the person who drove into waitrose the other week. Its just lucky that the house is repairable and that none was seriously injured. TheTruthHurts
  • Score: 59

9:38am Fri 27 Jun 14

retrorigg says...

you,d expect something like this on a motorway but not in a village or your own back garden


yes because the amount of houses on motorways these days is just ridiculous
you,d expect something like this on a motorway but not in a village or your own back garden yes because the amount of houses on motorways these days is just ridiculous retrorigg
  • Score: 26

11:03am Fri 27 Jun 14

Mullarkian says...

When did Eastholm Drive become a village?
When did Eastholm Drive become a village? Mullarkian
  • Score: 20

11:18am Fri 27 Jun 14

holden79 says...

Wow - I can't believe this happened to a Mark 2 Clio... it probably happens to Mark 1 Clio's every day, but a Mark 2..?? Crikey Moses!

and then, THEN, to think that a Honda HR-V, everyone's favourite "baby SUV" was involved too..... What are the chances?? I mean - I can't walk down the street without seeing regular SUV's ploughing into most buildings..... but a baby SUV ??? Holy cow!

That's almost unheard of !!!!
Wow - I can't believe this happened to a Mark 2 Clio... it probably happens to Mark 1 Clio's every day, but a Mark 2..?? Crikey Moses! and then, THEN, to think that a Honda HR-V, everyone's favourite "baby SUV" was involved too..... What are the chances?? I mean - I can't walk down the street without seeing regular SUV's ploughing into most buildings..... but a baby SUV ??? Holy cow! That's almost unheard of !!!! holden79
  • Score: 7

11:41am Fri 27 Jun 14

Dave Ruddock says...

I Think the reporter and editor re wright this story.
1. he heard a massive bang - which sounded like a bomb going off, he said. - then - Then I heard this massive bang. It was like a hotel being blown up.

2 Exactly how many vehicles involved, His daughters, Friend of daughters, and the vehicle with the pensioners in. Thats 3 vehicles, and picture shows a vehicle resting against, not embedded
3 Cars (Vehicles ) "Squeezing " between each other, Did they breath in or something
4 reporter jumping around the story to fill the press columns
I Think the reporter and editor re wright this story. 1. he heard a massive bang - which sounded like a bomb going off, he said. - then - Then I heard this massive bang. It was like a hotel being blown up. 2 Exactly how many vehicles involved, His daughters, Friend of daughters, and the vehicle with the pensioners in. Thats 3 vehicles, and picture shows a vehicle resting against, not embedded 3 Cars (Vehicles ) "Squeezing " between each other, Did they breath in or something 4 reporter jumping around the story to fill the press columns Dave Ruddock
  • Score: 5

12:20pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Jackanory2 says...

In my opinion you should have to retake your driving test every 2 years after 65, (at a discount price), how many accidents are caused by old people who can no longer control cars.
In my opinion you should have to retake your driving test every 2 years after 65, (at a discount price), how many accidents are caused by old people who can no longer control cars. Jackanory2
  • Score: 12

1:36pm Fri 27 Jun 14

redbluelion says...

Jackanory2 wrote:
In my opinion you should have to retake your driving test every 2 years after 65, (at a discount price), how many accidents are caused by old people who can no longer control cars.
Most accident are caused by young drivers within 2 years of passing there tests and most are women drivers. ban them all.....im waiting for it bring it on
[quote][p][bold]Jackanory2[/bold] wrote: In my opinion you should have to retake your driving test every 2 years after 65, (at a discount price), how many accidents are caused by old people who can no longer control cars.[/p][/quote]Most accident are caused by young drivers within 2 years of passing there tests and most are women drivers. ban them all.....im waiting for it bring it on redbluelion
  • Score: 5

2:40pm Fri 27 Jun 14

sheps lad says...

What a load of sympathetic t******s there are on here today!
What a load of sympathetic t******s there are on here today! sheps lad
  • Score: 2

2:46pm Fri 27 Jun 14

julie stones says...

I must say that after witnessing the elderly lady who crashed into Waitrose under similar circumstances,i also agree with the reader who suggests more regular driving tests after the age of 60, it's obviously age related and sadly there are a lot of elderly drivers that simply should not be driving.
I must say that after witnessing the elderly lady who crashed into Waitrose under similar circumstances,i also agree with the reader who suggests more regular driving tests after the age of 60, it's obviously age related and sadly there are a lot of elderly drivers that simply should not be driving. julie stones
  • Score: 8

3:31pm Fri 27 Jun 14

teapot79 says...

I agree! Elderly people need to take their tests more frequently to ensure they are capeable of being on the road. These events just do not happen. If it was a younger person that had launched themselves through a superstore or a house I'm sure everyone wouldn't be so sympathetic. I'm glad I wasn't walking by the house with my toddler which I often am. It's dangerous driving at the end of the day. Not acceptable!!!
I agree! Elderly people need to take their tests more frequently to ensure they are capeable of being on the road. These events just do not happen. If it was a younger person that had launched themselves through a superstore or a house I'm sure everyone wouldn't be so sympathetic. I'm glad I wasn't walking by the house with my toddler which I often am. It's dangerous driving at the end of the day. Not acceptable!!! teapot79
  • Score: 9

3:36pm Fri 27 Jun 14

baldiebiker says...

Quick-thinking neighbour Dave Beavers, 64, an estate agent and property developer, tore down the remains of the fence and.................
..........made a for sale sign................
.............?
Quick-thinking neighbour Dave Beavers, 64, an estate agent and property developer, tore down the remains of the fence and................. ..........made a for sale sign................ .............? baldiebiker
  • Score: 5

4:23pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Oh my............ says...

Aw I am so glad nobody was seriously injured.
Aw I am so glad nobody was seriously injured. Oh my............
  • Score: 4

4:28pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Stretch says...

holden79 wrote:
Wow - I can't believe this happened to a Mark 2 Clio... it probably happens to Mark 1 Clio's every day, but a Mark 2..?? Crikey Moses!

and then, THEN, to think that a Honda HR-V, everyone's favourite "baby SUV" was involved too..... What are the chances?? I mean - I can't walk down the street without seeing regular SUV's ploughing into most buildings..... but a baby SUV ??? Holy cow!

That's almost unheard of !!!!
Stupid comment. This is a friend of mines car that has been written off and their property damaged. I am sure you wouldn't like to read a comment such as yours about one of your friends. Show some respect.
[quote][p][bold]holden79[/bold] wrote: Wow - I can't believe this happened to a Mark 2 Clio... it probably happens to Mark 1 Clio's every day, but a Mark 2..?? Crikey Moses! and then, THEN, to think that a Honda HR-V, everyone's favourite "baby SUV" was involved too..... What are the chances?? I mean - I can't walk down the street without seeing regular SUV's ploughing into most buildings..... but a baby SUV ??? Holy cow! That's almost unheard of !!!![/p][/quote]Stupid comment. This is a friend of mines car that has been written off and their property damaged. I am sure you wouldn't like to read a comment such as yours about one of your friends. Show some respect. Stretch
  • Score: -9

5:45pm Fri 27 Jun 14

WendyD says...

Jackanory2 wrote:
In my opinion you should have to retake your driving test every 2 years after 65, (at a discount price), how many accidents are caused by old people who can no longer control cars.
Absolutely - totally agree. This seems to be happening way too often.
[quote][p][bold]Jackanory2[/bold] wrote: In my opinion you should have to retake your driving test every 2 years after 65, (at a discount price), how many accidents are caused by old people who can no longer control cars.[/p][/quote]Absolutely - totally agree. This seems to be happening way too often. WendyD
  • Score: 5

6:33pm Fri 27 Jun 14

RoseD says...

retrorigg wrote:
you,d expect something like this on a motorway but not in a village or your own back garden


yes because the amount of houses on motorways these days is just ridiculous
Hahaha!
[quote][p][bold]retrorigg[/bold] wrote: you,d expect something like this on a motorway but not in a village or your own back garden yes because the amount of houses on motorways these days is just ridiculous[/p][/quote]Hahaha! RoseD
  • Score: 4

7:27pm Fri 27 Jun 14

mitch2nd says...

Dave Beavers, 64, an estate agent and property developer,

OF COURSE HE IS, TAKING ALL THE BEST BARGAINS BEFORE THE PUBLIC HAVE A CHANCE, DISGUSTING
Dave Beavers, 64, an estate agent and property developer, OF COURSE HE IS, TAKING ALL THE BEST BARGAINS BEFORE THE PUBLIC HAVE A CHANCE, DISGUSTING mitch2nd
  • Score: 1

10:57pm Fri 27 Jun 14

expubcrawler says...

Okay make your minds up guys. Am I too old to drive at 60 or 65?
I am pushing 68 and can drive very well thank you very much, and I still remember the Highway Code and street signs too - imagine that?
Oh and I drive one of those Automatic car thingies too. No accidents in 50 years.
I do agree that some older people (mid 80's perhaps) should be re-tested periodically but not at age 60, that's just ridiculous.
Okay make your minds up guys. Am I too old to drive at 60 or 65? I am pushing 68 and can drive very well thank you very much, and I still remember the Highway Code and street signs too - imagine that? Oh and I drive one of those Automatic car thingies too. No accidents in 50 years. I do agree that some older people (mid 80's perhaps) should be re-tested periodically but not at age 60, that's just ridiculous. expubcrawler
  • Score: 13

12:36am Sat 28 Jun 14

baldiebiker says...

expubcrawler wrote:
Okay make your minds up guys. Am I too old to drive at 60 or 65?
I am pushing 68 and can drive very well thank you very much, and I still remember the Highway Code and street signs too - imagine that?
Oh and I drive one of those Automatic car thingies too. No accidents in 50 years.
I do agree that some older people (mid 80's perhaps) should be re-tested periodically but not at age 60, that's just ridiculous.
and we had to use hand signals on the test and learn the signals that a horse drawn carriage driver would make with his whip, those were the days?
[quote][p][bold]expubcrawler[/bold] wrote: Okay make your minds up guys. Am I too old to drive at 60 or 65? I am pushing 68 and can drive very well thank you very much, and I still remember the Highway Code and street signs too - imagine that? Oh and I drive one of those Automatic car thingies too. No accidents in 50 years. I do agree that some older people (mid 80's perhaps) should be re-tested periodically but not at age 60, that's just ridiculous.[/p][/quote]and we had to use hand signals on the test and learn the signals that a horse drawn carriage driver would make with his whip, those were the days? baldiebiker
  • Score: -4

5:10am Sat 28 Jun 14

Magicman! says...

TheTruthHurts wrote:
He said the car was an automatic and he could not stop it.


How about using the brakes and taking your foot off the accelerator?

Its just another example of an old person who shouldnt be on the road much like the person who drove into waitrose the other week.

Its just lucky that the house is repairable and that none was seriously injured.
Indeed... both in the car were in their 80's. I wonder if they're still able to read a registration plate the required distance away, or if the reg has to be at the end of the bonnet before they can see it? Nothing against old people - I know of some who are knocking on for close to 100 and have full 20/20 vision and cat-like reflexes; but not every elderly person has those abilities.
[quote][p][bold]TheTruthHurts[/bold] wrote: [quote] He said the car was an automatic and he could not stop it. [/quote] How about using the brakes and taking your foot off the accelerator? Its just another example of an old person who shouldnt be on the road much like the person who drove into waitrose the other week. Its just lucky that the house is repairable and that none was seriously injured.[/p][/quote]Indeed... both in the car were in their 80's. I wonder if they're still able to read a registration plate the required distance away, or if the reg has to be at the end of the bonnet before they can see it? Nothing against old people - I know of some who are knocking on for close to 100 and have full 20/20 vision and cat-like reflexes; but not every elderly person has those abilities. Magicman!
  • Score: 1

9:46am Sat 28 Jun 14

holden79 says...

Stretch wrote:
holden79 wrote:
Wow - I can't believe this happened to a Mark 2 Clio... it probably happens to Mark 1 Clio's every day, but a Mark 2..?? Crikey Moses!

and then, THEN, to think that a Honda HR-V, everyone's favourite "baby SUV" was involved too..... What are the chances?? I mean - I can't walk down the street without seeing regular SUV's ploughing into most buildings..... but a baby SUV ??? Holy cow!

That's almost unheard of !!!!
Stupid comment. This is a friend of mines car that has been written off and their property damaged. I am sure you wouldn't like to read a comment such as yours about one of your friends. Show some respect.
When I first heard the news I ran home as quick as I could to tell my wife that a Renault Clio had been written off, and before I could finish my sentence she said "whoa whoa whoa, a Mark 1 or a Mark 2?"

When I told her it was a Mark 2 she practically fainted.

I'm going to give it a few more days before I tell her a baby SUV was involved.
[quote][p][bold]Stretch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]holden79[/bold] wrote: Wow - I can't believe this happened to a Mark 2 Clio... it probably happens to Mark 1 Clio's every day, but a Mark 2..?? Crikey Moses! and then, THEN, to think that a Honda HR-V, everyone's favourite "baby SUV" was involved too..... What are the chances?? I mean - I can't walk down the street without seeing regular SUV's ploughing into most buildings..... but a baby SUV ??? Holy cow! That's almost unheard of !!!![/p][/quote]Stupid comment. This is a friend of mines car that has been written off and their property damaged. I am sure you wouldn't like to read a comment such as yours about one of your friends. Show some respect.[/p][/quote]When I first heard the news I ran home as quick as I could to tell my wife that a Renault Clio had been written off, and before I could finish my sentence she said "whoa whoa whoa, a Mark 1 or a Mark 2?" When I told her it was a Mark 2 she practically fainted. I'm going to give it a few more days before I tell her a baby SUV was involved. holden79
  • Score: 7

1:00pm Sat 28 Jun 14

PlanetTea says...

TheTruthHurts wrote:
He said the car was an automatic and he could not stop it.


How about using the brakes and taking your foot off the accelerator?

Its just another example of an old person who shouldnt be on the road much like the person who drove into waitrose the other week.

Its just lucky that the house is repairable and that none was seriously injured.
As much as it may offend some, this very true.

Which I suppose is indicated by your username haha
[quote][p][bold]TheTruthHurts[/bold] wrote: [quote] He said the car was an automatic and he could not stop it. [/quote] How about using the brakes and taking your foot off the accelerator? Its just another example of an old person who shouldnt be on the road much like the person who drove into waitrose the other week. Its just lucky that the house is repairable and that none was seriously injured.[/p][/quote]As much as it may offend some, this very true. Which I suppose is indicated by your username haha PlanetTea
  • Score: 4

8:56pm Sat 28 Jun 14

pault42 says...

Personally I'm concerned about the life the home owner has lived. He's heard ' a massive bang - which sounded like a bomb going off ' - So bombs, and - 'Then I heard this massive bang. It was like a hotel being blown up.'

Surely after living through bombs going off and Hotel's being blown up this can't really have been massively shocking.

Oh, and I heard someone elses car in that street wasn't damaged either.

Come on Press, think a bit of over-egging the pudding on this story.
Personally I'm concerned about the life the home owner has lived. He's heard ' a massive bang - which sounded like a bomb going off ' - So bombs, and - 'Then I heard this massive bang. It was like a hotel being blown up.' Surely after living through bombs going off and Hotel's being blown up this can't really have been massively shocking. Oh, and I heard someone elses car in that street wasn't damaged either. Come on Press, think a bit of over-egging the pudding on this story. pault42
  • Score: 2

10:07pm Sat 28 Jun 14

cambsmover says...

Mullarkian wrote:
When did Eastholm Drive become a village?
Maybe when it lost its evening bus service!
[quote][p][bold]Mullarkian[/bold] wrote: When did Eastholm Drive become a village?[/p][/quote]Maybe when it lost its evening bus service! cambsmover
  • Score: 3

12:06am Sun 29 Jun 14

mitch2nd says...

lucky escape, what the **** my **** it nicked the corner of his house get a ******* life you dick

is this news????

I dont think so, if a 14 wheeler had smashed into his living room and run over him than thats news so is ****

York Press, crap press
lucky escape, what the **** my **** it nicked the corner of his house get a ******* life you dick is this news???? I dont think so, if a 14 wheeler had smashed into his living room and run over him than thats news so is **** York Press, crap press mitch2nd
  • Score: -3

3:23pm Tue 1 Jul 14

the original Homer says...

Stretch wrote:
holden79 wrote:
Wow - I can't believe this happened to a Mark 2 Clio... it probably happens to Mark 1 Clio's every day, but a Mark 2..?? Crikey Moses!

and then, THEN, to think that a Honda HR-V, everyone's favourite "baby SUV" was involved too..... What are the chances?? I mean - I can't walk down the street without seeing regular SUV's ploughing into most buildings..... but a baby SUV ??? Holy cow!

That's almost unheard of !!!!
Stupid comment. This is a friend of mines car that has been written off and their property damaged. I am sure you wouldn't like to read a comment such as yours about one of your friends. Show some respect.
I don't think the poster meant any disrespect to your friend. They were simply highlighting the way that newspapers report unimportant details.

The "mark 2 Cleo" (Clio?) and "baby SUV" are not important, "Renault" and "Honda" would have told us enough.

We'd appreciate your friend's loss of her car even if we hadn't been told exactly what car it was.
[quote][p][bold]Stretch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]holden79[/bold] wrote: Wow - I can't believe this happened to a Mark 2 Clio... it probably happens to Mark 1 Clio's every day, but a Mark 2..?? Crikey Moses! and then, THEN, to think that a Honda HR-V, everyone's favourite "baby SUV" was involved too..... What are the chances?? I mean - I can't walk down the street without seeing regular SUV's ploughing into most buildings..... but a baby SUV ??? Holy cow! That's almost unheard of !!!![/p][/quote]Stupid comment. This is a friend of mines car that has been written off and their property damaged. I am sure you wouldn't like to read a comment such as yours about one of your friends. Show some respect.[/p][/quote]I don't think the poster meant any disrespect to your friend. They were simply highlighting the way that newspapers report unimportant details. The "mark 2 Cleo" (Clio?) and "baby SUV" are not important, "Renault" and "Honda" would have told us enough. We'd appreciate your friend's loss of her car even if we hadn't been told exactly what car it was. the original Homer
  • Score: 0

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