A GRANDFATHER-of-two told today how he was forced to dive for cover after a car ploughed into his garden wall.
Widower George Donkin was watching TV when the Suzuki Ignis smashed into railings in Hylton Road, Sunderland, and through the wall at his bungalow.
The 80-year-old, who suffers from arthritis and is waiting for a hernia operation, said: “There was a bang and a second bang, then I saw the railings land next door.
“The next thing I heard was bricks hitting the bottom of the wall.
“I dived over by the fireplace and banged my head. The bricks were hitting the wall like, bang, bang, bang. There were easily about 20 bricks under the window and if a brick or the railings had come through the window, they could have killed me.
“Thank God I’m still here. I’m still shaking now. I got the shock of my life.”
Former Vaux drayman Mr Donkin was helped by neighbours and family but did not need to go to hospital.
He added: “I thought the car was going to blow up.
“The police took the woman who was driving to hospital, and Gentoo are coming out to fix the wall.
“I’m laughing about it now, but I got a shock.”
It is not thought the elderly driver of the car was badly hurt and she has not been charged with any offences.
A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: “Police were called to Hylton Road in Sunderland on Monday, May 12, at 5.25pm, following reports a Suzuki Ignis car had driven through railings and a wall and come to a rest in a front garden.
“The woman driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital as a precaution.”