Central Leader : January 28th 2011
www.centralleader.co.nz Friday, January 28, 2011 Someone will be killed' By RHIANNON HORRELL Family shock: Debris was left strewn across the Hayter family's front yard after a driver lost control on a corner of the Dominion Rd Extension. A matter of time: Tim Hayter has serious concerns someone may be killed after an accident on January 23. He is grateful his young daughters were not outside at the time. Photo: JASON OXENHAM Crash scene: A heavy gate was ripped down when a driver lost control on Sunday and crashed into the Hayter family's front yard. A FATHER of two says good luck spared his family after a car careered off the road and into his front yard on Sunday. The car veered off on a tight bend of the Dominion Rd Extension and narrowly missed several parked vehicles before ending up in Tim Hayter's garden. Twenty minutes before- hand I was chlorinating the pool,'' Mr Hayter says. There was no warning, no screech of brakes.'' The situation could have been far worse had Mr Hay- ter's daughters been outside. Up to seven children were playing in the yard a day earlier when the family had visitors. The impact of the crash threw a series of planter boxes across the yard and ripped a heavy wooden gate down. There was dirt sprayed all over the yard. It's a pretty solid gate. It's happened too many times in this area. One day someone will be killed.'' Mr Hayter says a motorbike lost control on Box- ing Day and he estimates six incidents occur each year. Roskill South Kindergarten is located on the tight bend of the road and head teacher Karen Ramsey says concerns have been mounting for a long time. The corner is really dangerous. There are kinder- garten children coming and going and there are always young children crossing the road with their parents.'' She says a bus stop located outside the kindergarten also poses a risk and creates con- gestion in an awkward place. We have tried to get it shifted but to no avail.'' Constable Charlene Schaumkell-Harris of the Balmoral police strategic traffic unit attended the callout and says a Subaru Legacy lost control at the bend and hit the fence. The crash is under investi- gation and a report is being compiled.'' She says charges may be pending. Mr Hayter plans to take a petition around his neigh- bourhood to take action against further accidents.
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