Car smashes into Meopham home of road-death daughter
PUBLISHED: 11:45 30 September 2010
A couple said they are lucky to be alive after a sports car smashed through their front door - two years after a relative was killed just yards away.
Pamela Cleggett and her husband Raymond were in the conservatory of their home when a BMW convertible smashed through a wooden fence and ploughed through the front of the house, on Wrotham Road, Culverstone Green, at 1pm on Monday.
The accident bought back memories of Pamela’s father’s death. She craddled Tom Hole in her arms, in August 2008, as he died along the busy A227 after being hit by a car just yards from their home.
Mrs Cleggett, 70, said: “It is amazing no one was killed. We are lucky to be alive.
“We had the postman round only a few minutes earlier and the parish magazine lady. If anyone had been round the front of the house they would have been hit.
“It has obviously bought back memories of my father, I was only just getting over his death. It was traumatic.”
Builders have since boarded up the hole in the house allowing the couple to remain in their home but they will move to a mobile home when full repair work to rebuild the front wall begins.
The couple said the driver of the BMW, a neighbour, was taken to Darent Valley Hospital by ambulance.
She added: “I just feel it was one of those freak accidents.”
Her 74-year-old husband added: “We just heard this enormous bang. We went round and saw a car sticking out of the house.”
After he father’s death, Mrs Cleggett campaigned for the road to be downgraded to a B road and a reduction in the speed limit. However she says nothing has changed.
Mr Hole, a 93-year-old retired electrician, had left the house in South Street he shared with Pamela and Raymond at 9.15am on a morning in August, 2008, to get his daily paper.
As he stepped out into the road to look past a parked pick-up truck, a lorry swerved to avoid him and car behind ran straight into him.
Mrs Cleggett was called to the scene and knelt helpless as her father lay dying.
She said: “I was told if I had something to say to him he might hear so I just told him I loved him. Then he died. It was a dreadful, tragic accident.”
He was the second person to be killed on the stretch of road within a year, although speeding was not found to be a fault in his death.
Mr Hole passed away less than a year after motorist Paul Philpot, 46, of Hurst Road, Erith, died on the same road. He was hit by a car as he pulled out of the George Inn, on the A227, a few minutes away from where Mr Hole was killed.
l If you can help police with information about this latest crash contact Sergeant Tim Harris at North Kent Police station on 01474 366351 with information