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"It was horrible. It's lucky nobody died!"

Wednesday 13 June 2018

"It was horrible. It's lucky nobody died!"


Staff at Le Braye cafe were left shocked after a driver accidentally drove repeatedly into the fencing, and the outside tables where people were eating, causing several thousands of pounds of damage.

The police said the driver was a 61-year-old lady in an automatic silver Mitsubishi, who got confused between the accelerator and the brake, on Sunday afternoon.

Jolyon Baker, the owner of Le Braye, said that the car reversed three times and moved forwards and backwards into the fencing.

He added: "It's extremely lucky for the many people that were there that no one was hurt. It could have been terrible! It was very extreme and very fast. It was horrible. It's lucky nobody died."

The café owner said he had never seen something like that. "We have had lots of crazy situations at Le Braye, but not like that."

Mr Baker was not only relieved that none of his customers, who were having their dinner nearby, was hurt in the incident, but also none of his staff. "When my manager went to help when it first happened, the lady reversed and nearly hit her," Mr Baker said. "The staff were quite shocked."

Pictured: The incident occurred on Sunday evening while customers were having dinner outside.

Mr Baker said that the incident has caused a lot of damage: tables and planters have been smashed, the road damaged and the fencing 18-inch posts destroyed.

"It's all fixable. Luckily I have a very good team of builders," said Mr Baker. "They have helped me put back some of the fencing. Over the next few weeks we will have to make it all repaired but already there are not many signs of what happened. 

"I am in discussion with the insurance company but it has likely caused several thousands of pounds."

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Posted by Phil Austin on
Definitely need a retest for drivers over the age of say 60. Not just young drivers that cause accidents.
Posted by John Harrington on
How old are you, Phil?
Posted by monica ison on
Phil's comment is age discriminating. This person is one of thousands and not indicative of the age group.
Posted by SUE BAUDAINS on
Phil Austin, 60 is not old! Probably the lady in question was not used to an automatic car. I remember the serious accident at St Catherine's many years ago - I think the elderly person was driving an automatic too.
Posted by Valerie Payne on
Maybe the person was taken ill?
Posted by Sidi Smith on
There are far too many accidents caused by drivers of automatics confusing the pedals. Yes, Sue you are correct. That accident at St Catherines left a mother of 2 young children wheelchair bound for life. As a driver over 60 myself I am happy to retake my test as frequently as required. Anybody who is too 'nervous' to do this shouldn't be on the roads.
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