A mother of three was left shaken when a car crashed into her front wall at high speed, destroying the wall and just missing the living room window.
Last Wednesday, Jennifer Myles was sitting in her house in Ashford Crescent, Tom Bellew Avenue, with her daughter Lucy (2) when she felt the house shake.
Jennifer was horrified to see that a BMW car had smashed through the garden wall, just inches away from the living room window where Lucy had been watching television.
Witnesses have said that the vehicle was travelling at “full speed” in the housing estate and “lost control” of the car.
Speaking to The Democrat, Jennifer believes that if the front wall had not been in place the vehicle would have smashed through the house.
“We are lucky to be alive,” said Jennifer. “When we moved into this house there was no wall at the front.
“My mother advised me to build a wall because it wasn’t safe for the children to play.
“I saved money for weeks and my father built the wall. If the wall was not there, I believe that the car would have smashed through the house and we wouldn’t be here to tell the tale. “
Jennifer and her partner Gerard are now considering moving from their house because they no longer feel safe in the estate.
“We are not staying in the estate,” said Jennifer, “It is not safe for our children.
“Vehicles speed through the estate all the time. They need to slow down.
“Our older children Kyle (9) and Kirsty (8) returned from school to find the wall in pieces. They are still terrified.
“Kirsty has been unable to sleep at night. We are all scared and shaken by what happened.”
Jennifer believes that it should be compulsory for the council to build walls in housing estates.
“A lot of the new houses do not have walls. I think the council should be made to build walls in front of houses.
“It makes it safer for families and children in these estates.
“I also think that ramps should be installed in all housing estates. The council should not wait until something horrific happens.
“If the ramps are put in when houses are being built, it would be better for everybody.
“Speed signs will not make any difference. If ramps are in place, then drivers will have to slow down or else their car will be ruined.”
Gardai are investigating the matter and a foreign national, who was the driver of the car, was questioned at the scene.