Grandmother's fear after Land Rover smashes into her bungalowBy Becky Barnes
November 30, 2012
A grandmother who was cradling her three-week-old grandson feared he was dead after a Land Rover smashed through the wall of her bungalow, leaving them trapped beneath the wreckage.
Toni Frerich, 46, and baby Kieron had to be dug free by firefighters after the 4x4 veered off London Road, Sunninghill, crashing through a hedge and into her daughter’s bedroom at 8am last Thursday.
She said: “It was an absolute shock – I remember hearing something and then all the furniture rushing at me and being pinned under this rubble – I didn’t know it was a car too.
“The worst thing was I had my grandson in my arms and I couldn’t lift him up – when he cried I thought thank God he’s alive.
“I feel extremely lucky – I was told by paramedics they thought there would be fatalities.”
Her husband of 29 years Lothar Frerich, 81, and daughter Annelei, 19, tried to rescue her and Kieron.
Lothar said: “I heard an enormous bang and ran to where my wife was shouting for help and trapped under the bookcase, bed, bush and the car.
“I thought they could be dead, but my wife told me they were OK and I felt relieved.”
The retired businessman shattered a new patio door in an attempt to rescue his family, but was unable to reach them and called 999.
He said: “I helped as much as I could and the fire and ambulance came and did a wonderful job – my daughter was very panicked.”
Firefighters had to dig a tunnel through the pile of rubble to set the pair free.
Toni and Kieron were taken to St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey but escaped relatively unharmed – Lothar said Toni suffered a black eye, wobbly teeth and a nose bleed, but the baby was unharmed.
German-born Lothar was forced to stand guard outside the bungalow while his family were in hospital after the incident last week because he had no front door.
Lothar added: “Now we have an enormous building job and insurance claim – so much has been damaged – there are cracks in the walls and computers, toys and furniture have been destroyed.”
On Friday, Lothar’s father-in-law, a builder, built a makeshift front door to prevent the family from becoming homeless. The room will have to be demolished and rebuilt.
A week after the incident Toni said she was having trouble sleeping because of the flashbacks.
n A 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and dangerous driving offences. He has been released on bail.