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OAP dies in horror car smash accident

PUBLISHED: 15:46 04 June 2008 | UPDATED: 15:42 16 August 2010

AN 80-YEAR-OLD woman was killed after a car careered out of control and hit her before crashing through a fence, rolling down an embankment and ending up in a front garden. Nancy Cassell, of Porchester Mead, Beckenham, was at the junction of Southend Ro

AN 80-YEAR-OLD woman was killed after a car careered out of control and hit her before crashing through a fence, rolling down an embankment and ending up in a front garden.

Nancy Cassell, of Porchester Mead, Beckenham, was at the junction of Southend Road, near Brackley Road, at 8.40am last Saturday when the silver Mercedes 220 ran into a pavement and hit her.

It then went down a steep grass embankment, missing a tree and a lamppost by just a few inches, and bending a metal banister out of shape before landing in the garden of a maisonette in Abbey Park.

The 23-year-old driver escaped with minor injuries and was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving. He was bailed to return on October 8.

Mrs Cassell's neighbour, Carol Forster, who lives in the flat opposite, said everyone was shocked to find out she had been killed.

She said: "She had lived here for at least 15 years. She lived alone but she knew a lot of people in the area. She was just a very nice old lady who was quite quiet, I'd known her for about five or six years.

"It's very sad, we were all shocked. I drove past where it happened with my husband and we couldn't believe how the driver had missed the lamppost."

Margaret Burk, of Abbey Park, was in the house next door to where the car landed.

She said: "I was upstairs when it happened so I didn't see the actual crash but I saw the outcome.

"It was a big shock, it's not exactly the type of thing you expect to see first thing in the morning and I'm sure they didn't expect to find a Mercedes in their front garden. There were plenty of police, two ambulances and an air ambulance."

Another woman from Abbey Park, who did not want to be named, said: "I heard a really loud bang. It came shooting down the hill there, it looked pretty nasty. It went by like a blur and burst through that fence. It left two big lines through the wild garden. It ended up very close to that house."

A neighbour who lives just a few doors down from where the Mercedes crash landed said: "Someone came out and put a blanket around the driver and helped him.

"He was very lucky to have minor injuries. It's not the same for the poor lady though."

Two pick-up trucks removed the car at around 3pm on Saturday but the fence was still broken and scattered debris from the car was still on the embankment on Tuesday afternoon.

Police are appealing to anyone who saw the accident to call Catford Traffic Garage on 0208 285 1574.

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