HEARTBROKEN pensioner Enid Lyn today told of her nightmare after a car ploughed into her home.
The 72-year-old and husband William had to move into nearby sheltered accommodation at Chillingham House for three months.
They faced problems with their insurance company and forked out thousands of pounds in savings after the Volkswagen Passat smashed into the bedroom of their Roker bungalow.
The Lyns were enjoying a Mediterranean cruise when the estate car hit their home in Langeeford Place. Had they been at home, William, 73, who suffered a stroke 10 years ago, believes he could easily have been killed as the car went through the wall where the headboard of his bed rests.
Enid said: “The first thing William said when we found out was ‘I would have been killed,’ and it really is frightening to think that.
She added: “I was so shocked when I first saw it. It moved me to tears and I couldn’t stop crying. It was devastating to see the house, just awful.
“When it sunk in how much worse it could have been if we had been there, I think there was definite relief.”
Now after repairs, costing more than £8,000, were carried out on the bungalow, they are finally moving back into their home.
“We’ve lived here for 10 years and moved into it brand new so it’s been heart-breaking to see it like this,” said Enid.
“It has been an absolute nightmare. The last three months have been horrendous.”
* Andrew Turnbull, 25, of Dinsdale Road, Roker, appeared before Sunderland magistrates on Monday charged with careless driving. He was bailed until later this month.