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Sleeping couple's shock as car ploughs through fence
John Baker, 73, sits in what’s left of his conservatory after a car smashed through his fence into the side of it. Picture: OX61278
RETIRED John and Maureen Baker were drifting off to sleep when they heard a “horrendous noise”.
And to their horror they discovered a car had ploughed through their garden fence and smashed into their conservatory.
The Bicester couple got out of bed just in time to see the motorist reverse and drive off, fleeing the scene.
Mr Baker, 73, said yesterday: “We just don’t want this.
“It’s not on. If I accidently bumped somebody else’s car in the car park I would not drive away.”
Police were last night hunting the driver after the crash off Shakespeare Drive at 11.45pm on Wednesday night.
The grandparents-of-two moved to the bungalow in Chaucer Close, which is just around the corner from Thames Valley Police’s roads policing department in Howes Lane, nearly two years after Mrs Baker developed arthritis.
Mrs Baker, 72, yesterday said her £600 adjustable chair was damaged in the crash.
She said: “We were just going off to sleep when there were bright lights and this horrendous noise.
“I realised it was in the back garden. You couldn’t see anything because of the headlights. Somehow, whoever it was managed to back out the hole in the fence and drive off.”
She added: “It has demolished the back of the conservatory. There are bricks everywhere. The garden is a shambles. He has taken some trees out.
“I am absolutely disgusted how he could have just driven off.”
Her husband said the car was close to crashing into the bedroom, adding: “He could have been on my lap.”
The retired tool maker said tyre marks seemed to show the car had left the groun across the garden before hitting the ground and crashing.
He said: “I think he has lost control of it when he hit the kerb he took off.”
But he said the car must have been badly damaged and someone must have noticed it since, adding: “The car will definitely not be on the road. The side of it must be smashed in.
“I just can’t understand how he managed to get out.”
The couple who previously lived in Kennington for 30 years, found a wing mirror and piece of the front bumper, but said the headlights were too bright and they did not get a good look at the car.
Mr Baker said: “We don’t know what car it was, we don’t even know what colour it was.”
Thames Valley Police spokeswoman Hannah Williams asked witnesses to call 101 if they saw a suspicious looking car – perhaps a black Mini.
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