Driver survives medical event and crash into house
The driver of a car that ploughed into a Gore home suffered from a "medical event", police say.
An elderly couple inside the house were not injured when the speeding car veered off the road and into their Coutts Rd home about 7.15pm on Friday.
The car careered off the street, through the fence, the garden and smashed through the wall and into the couple's kitchen area.
Senior Sergeant Richard McPhail said it was lucky the couple were not in their kitchen.
Mr McPhail said that although speed was a factor, the crash was a result of a medical event that incapacitated the 65-year-old Gore man who was driving the car.
He declined to say what the medical event was.
It would be taken into consideration during the police investigation, which was ongoing, he said. The driver of the car was taken to hospital in Gore after the crash but had since been released.
However, he would need further medical followup checks, Mr McPhail said.
Meanwhile, the elderly couple were staying at other accommodation and had support from family members and friends. Their damaged home was now in the hands of the insurance company and builders, Mr McPhail said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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