A couple is in hospital after their car lost control and smashed into a house in Whitby, Porirua.
Whitby man Simon Baker, 32, and his partner Neida Simeona, 24, escaped with relatively minor injuries after their black Subaru crashed into a bedroom of a home on The Companionway.
Simeona suffered a suspected broken wrist and leg injuries, while Baker had minor injuries.
Nobody was at home at the damaged house.
Baker told police his accelerator jammed while he was driving down Discovery Drive. His car cut through a neighbour's front garden at high speed, jumped over a row of agapanthus, and hit the street hard enough to leave indentations before crashing through the house wall.
The car narrowly missed several large trees on both properties, and left a sizeable chunk of its front fender on the neighbour's garden.
Baker's father, Stephen Baker, said his son would not have been speeding before he lost control of the car.
"I know my son. He wouldn't speed at those speeds. This is devastating."
Witness Conan Marriott, however, said many bystanders had seen the Subaru speeding around the suburb all morning.
Marriott was mowing his grandmother's lawn just minutes before Baker's car careened through it.
"If he had been there two minutes earlier, he wouldn't be standing here now," his grandmother Joan McVitty said.
Whitby nurse Jenny White was walking her dog nearby and witnessed the crash. She helped take the couple out of the car, worried the smoke pouring from the wreck meant it might catch fire.
She and two other bystanders had to extract Baker and Simeona out the back doors, because the front doors were blocked by the house walls.
Simeona had an injured wrist, ankle and hip, while Baker was moving about normally, White said.
"They were extremely lucky. It was pretty scary," White said.
Two people were trapped after a car crashed into a Porirua house.
Police, fire and ambulance services attended the crash on the corner of Companion Way and Discovery Dr, Whitby, police spokesman Inspector Dave Rose said.
The trapped pair suffered moderate injuries, and were taken to Wellington Hospital once freed, an ambulance spokesman said.
It was not known what had caused the crash, which happened just before midday, Rose said.
- The Dominion Post
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