Farnworth house crash driver hands himself in to police and apologises

The Bolton News: The red Lexus being taken away after it ploughed into a house in Harper Green Road, Farnworth The red Lexus being taken away after it ploughed into a house in Harper Green Road, Farnworth

THE driver of a car that ploughed into a Farnworth house while a family was sitting outside has handed himself in to police.

The 27-year-old man, who asked not to be named, said the incident on Sunday evening, in which he drove the car into house in Harper Green Road and then left the scene was “the worst thing he has ever done”.

The man, who contacted The Bolton News claiming to be the driver, said he had been forced to swerve out of the way of a car travelling towards him in Harper Green Road.

He said he lost control of his red Lexus, causing him to crash through a front garden and smash into the house.

He said the crash has left him with three broken ribs and bad bruising on his leg.

Mum-of-one, Donna Stewart, was in the garden with her daughter Angel, aged 11, niece Ebony, aged nine, and her next door neighbour’s daughter, Jordanna, aged three, when the car careered towards them.

Miss Stewart, who was holding Jordanna at the time, threw the toddler out of the way as the car narrowly avoided where they had been sitting.

Angel and Ebony, who were at the front door, had to move quickly as the car drove right at them and crashed into the entrance to the house.

The driver said he “panicked” after the crash, adding: “The other car came onto my side and I swerved out of the way. As I lost control and went into the house I thought I was going to die.


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“There were a lot of people screaming and shouting at me at the time and I panicked and ran off.

"I wish I hadn’t done that but I was scared. I was crying and I was scared — I’ve only had my licence for three years.

“I am lucky to be alive and lucky that I didn’t hurt anyone. I am so gutted about what happened. I want to put things right as soon as I can.”

He said he went to hospital on Sunday night and contacted the police on Monday morning.

Miss Stewart said the driver’s apology meant nothing to her family.

She said: “He has destroyed our family. We are all still so cut up about it.

"Him apologising and going to the police has not made me feel any better at all.

"Me and the girls could have been killed because of him.”

A police spokesman said: “We can confirm that the man in question has made contact with the police and will be spoken to when the officer involved returns to work.”

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6:26am Wed 4 Jun 14

gigglebox3 says...

so he hasnt been arrested then? waiting for the officer returning to work?????? what's going on?????? the mind boggles!!!!!!!
so he hasnt been arrested then? waiting for the officer returning to work?????? what's going on?????? the mind boggles!!!!!!! gigglebox3
  • Score: 17

6:55am Wed 4 Jun 14

oftbewildered2 says...

well if there was another car which caused him to take evasive action, then technically, although his car did the damage, the other car driver caused the accident - not that this is any consolation to Donna and her family. It is to this man's credit that he saw the error of his ways and owned up - now the police have to sort out the facts. As he said - he was lucky no one was injured, or even killed.
well if there was another car which caused him to take evasive action, then technically, although his car did the damage, the other car driver caused the accident - not that this is any consolation to Donna and her family. It is to this man's credit that he saw the error of his ways and owned up - now the police have to sort out the facts. As he said - he was lucky no one was injured, or even killed. oftbewildered2
  • Score: 29

6:59am Wed 4 Jun 14

gigglebox3 says...

oft.......so why would he have fled the scene???
oft.......so why would he have fled the scene??? gigglebox3
  • Score: 2

7:28am Wed 4 Jun 14

angus macoatup says...

gigglebox3 wrote:
oft.......so why would he have fled the scene???
To avoid the breathalyser maybe .
[quote][p][bold]gigglebox3[/bold] wrote: oft.......so why would he have fled the scene???[/p][/quote]To avoid the breathalyser maybe . angus macoatup
  • Score: 31

8:07am Wed 4 Jun 14

yellowbeaver08 says...

oftbewildered2 wrote:
well if there was another car which caused him to take evasive action, then technically, although his car did the damage, the other car driver caused the accident - not that this is any consolation to Donna and her family. It is to this man's credit that he saw the error of his ways and owned up - now the police have to sort out the facts. As he said - he was lucky no one was injured, or even killed.
Correct. At least he had the balls to own up.
[quote][p][bold]oftbewildered2[/bold] wrote: well if there was another car which caused him to take evasive action, then technically, although his car did the damage, the other car driver caused the accident - not that this is any consolation to Donna and her family. It is to this man's credit that he saw the error of his ways and owned up - now the police have to sort out the facts. As he said - he was lucky no one was injured, or even killed.[/p][/quote]Correct. At least he had the balls to own up. yellowbeaver08
  • Score: 18

8:37am Wed 4 Jun 14

ghijkl says...

Think Miss Stewart is a bit harsh, she very luckily still has her family, this boy obviously realised he'd cocked up and owned up and apologised. There's people out there that have killed people reckless driving and havn't apologised at all. Lucky escape for all involved.
Think Miss Stewart is a bit harsh, she very luckily still has her family, this boy obviously realised he'd cocked up and owned up and apologised. There's people out there that have killed people reckless driving and havn't apologised at all. Lucky escape for all involved. ghijkl
  • Score: 46

8:52am Wed 4 Jun 14

voiceofpeople says...

Donna is not being harsh. The family have lost their home until it can be repaired so sorry does not cut it. They are lucky to be alive. And sorry that road isnt that bad so for a car to be comming at him he was on the wrong side. And was drink driving i must add. You dont understand the turmoil they are in. Especially the children they are terrified.
Donna is not being harsh. The family have lost their home until it can be repaired so sorry does not cut it. They are lucky to be alive. And sorry that road isnt that bad so for a car to be comming at him he was on the wrong side. And was drink driving i must add. You dont understand the turmoil they are in. Especially the children they are terrified. voiceofpeople
  • Score: -30

9:08am Wed 4 Jun 14

Jim271 says...

2 year suspended sentence and a driving ban he will ignore,
2 year suspended sentence and a driving ban he will ignore, Jim271
  • Score: 6

9:56am Wed 4 Jun 14

thomas222 says...

Drink Driver returning to the scene after its worn off for sure. He does not want his name mentioning. Bolton News get a grip for Gods sake. Your more PC than the Libdems & Labour.
Drink Driver returning to the scene after its worn off for sure. He does not want his name mentioning. Bolton News get a grip for Gods sake. Your more PC than the Libdems & Labour. thomas222
  • Score: 21

10:32am Wed 4 Jun 14

Boltonresident2012 says...

ghijkl wrote:
Think Miss Stewart is a bit harsh, she very luckily still has her family, this boy obviously realised he'd cocked up and owned up and apologised. There's people out there that have killed people reckless driving and havn't apologised at all. Lucky escape for all involved.
27 year old man ... not boy
[quote][p][bold]ghijkl[/bold] wrote: Think Miss Stewart is a bit harsh, she very luckily still has her family, this boy obviously realised he'd cocked up and owned up and apologised. There's people out there that have killed people reckless driving and havn't apologised at all. Lucky escape for all involved.[/p][/quote]27 year old man ... not boy Boltonresident2012
  • Score: 16

10:37am Wed 4 Jun 14

Jim271 says...

ghijkl wrote:
Think Miss Stewart is a bit harsh, she very luckily still has her family, this boy obviously realised he'd cocked up and owned up and apologised. There's people out there that have killed people reckless driving and havn't apologised at all. Lucky escape for all involved.
Must be a friend of yours, he's scum, scum, scum/
[quote][p][bold]ghijkl[/bold] wrote: Think Miss Stewart is a bit harsh, she very luckily still has her family, this boy obviously realised he'd cocked up and owned up and apologised. There's people out there that have killed people reckless driving and havn't apologised at all. Lucky escape for all involved.[/p][/quote]Must be a friend of yours, he's scum, scum, scum/ Jim271
  • Score: -19

10:49am Wed 4 Jun 14

melloj says...

This happened to my friend several years ago with tragic results. It was another driver that caused it, but his car that did the damage. He then had to endure all the accusations of drink driving and speeding etc, when in fact he was on his way to work. I'm inclined to believe the driver until someone proves otherwise. Running away is a natural defensive reaction. My friend remembers nothing of the accident he had except running and screaming.
This happened to my friend several years ago with tragic results. It was another driver that caused it, but his car that did the damage. He then had to endure all the accusations of drink driving and speeding etc, when in fact he was on his way to work. I'm inclined to believe the driver until someone proves otherwise. Running away is a natural defensive reaction. My friend remembers nothing of the accident he had except running and screaming. melloj
  • Score: 4

10:55am Wed 4 Jun 14

ghijkl says...

No JIm, I like many people who read the Bolton News have no idea who the people involved are. And Voice of the people, it's bricks and mortar, and yes it can be repaired like you said. It's a big shock to the family, but at the end of the day no lives have been lost which is the main thing.
No JIm, I like many people who read the Bolton News have no idea who the people involved are. And Voice of the people, it's bricks and mortar, and yes it can be repaired like you said. It's a big shock to the family, but at the end of the day no lives have been lost which is the main thing. ghijkl
  • Score: 12

11:12am Wed 4 Jun 14

Don Cowan says...

of course he owned up, he is saying it because he knows the police will trace him because of the car ownership not out of conscience.
of course he owned up, he is saying it because he knows the police will trace him because of the car ownership not out of conscience. Don Cowan
  • Score: 16

11:14am Wed 4 Jun 14

carlajane says...

angus macoatup wrote:
gigglebox3 wrote:
oft.......so why would he have fled the scene???
To avoid the breathalyser maybe .
Yes this man was in the Market pub in farnworth that afternoon drinking as was seen by Donna sister who was in there her self and also he throw a can of beer (fosters) in to the garden before he left the seen
[quote][p][bold]angus macoatup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gigglebox3[/bold] wrote: oft.......so why would he have fled the scene???[/p][/quote]To avoid the breathalyser maybe .[/p][/quote]Yes this man was in the Market pub in farnworth that afternoon drinking as was seen by Donna sister who was in there her self and also he throw a can of beer (fosters) in to the garden before he left the seen carlajane
  • Score: 15

11:19am Wed 4 Jun 14

carlajane says...

gigglebox3 wrote:
oft.......so why would he have fled the scene???
This Man Jay was in the Market pub that afternoon drinking as was seen by donna's older sister Joan he also throw a can of beer (fosters) from the car before he left the seen this is why he ain't stayed there and why as the police not been to see any off the family to take statements or the house's near by ?
[quote][p][bold]gigglebox3[/bold] wrote: oft.......so why would he have fled the scene???[/p][/quote]This Man Jay was in the Market pub that afternoon drinking as was seen by donna's older sister Joan he also throw a can of beer (fosters) from the car before he left the seen this is why he ain't stayed there and why as the police not been to see any off the family to take statements or the house's near by ? carlajane
  • Score: 8

11:31am Wed 4 Jun 14

carlajane says...

I've just been informed that the people in gardens near by said there were no other car in sight so why would he say this ? And to go throw 2 fences and concrete post then to do what he as at the house to me sounds like he was spreading aswell what do others think ? & I'm not a police officer to work that 1 out name this person Bolton evening news as this elderly lady as been named for what as happened to her so why not the criminal ?
I've just been informed that the people in gardens near by said there were no other car in sight so why would he say this ? And to go throw 2 fences and concrete post then to do what he as at the house to me sounds like he was spreading aswell what do others think ? & I'm not a police officer to work that 1 out name this person Bolton evening news as this elderly lady as been named for what as happened to her so why not the criminal ? carlajane
  • Score: 6

11:40am Wed 4 Jun 14

Jim271 says...

ghijkl wrote:
No JIm, I like many people who read the Bolton News have no idea who the people involved are. And Voice of the people, it's bricks and mortar, and yes it can be repaired like you said. It's a big shock to the family, but at the end of the day no lives have been lost which is the main thing.
I bet if he had crashed into your house you wouldn't feel the same.

Hes pond life pure and simple who will get a driving ban he will ignore, hes proberbly on benefits so how can he afford to drink all day and run a car.

If hes not on benefits he could have got a taxi.

I suspect criminal activity is involved, NAME HIM.
[quote][p][bold]ghijkl[/bold] wrote: No JIm, I like many people who read the Bolton News have no idea who the people involved are. And Voice of the people, it's bricks and mortar, and yes it can be repaired like you said. It's a big shock to the family, but at the end of the day no lives have been lost which is the main thing.[/p][/quote]I bet if he had crashed into your house you wouldn't feel the same. Hes pond life pure and simple who will get a driving ban he will ignore, hes proberbly on benefits so how can he afford to drink all day and run a car. If hes not on benefits he could have got a taxi. I suspect criminal activity is involved, NAME HIM. Jim271
  • Score: 3

12:16pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Farnworth Lady says...

OMG!!!!
When the officer in question returns to work?
An entire family banned from their own home because the Driver crushed it into a state of disrepair?
A family nearly wiped out, because some idiot cant drive through being too drunk to steer a Car up a road?
If he was seen in various Pubs that day, he was well and truly drunk, and should have been nowhere near a Car.
Running off means he was drunk and wanted to avoid a breathalyser.
He isnt a boy hes a man, and should know much better.
He has ruined the lives of a decent family, and he does not give a toss.
Jail the idiot.
OMG!!!! When the officer in question returns to work? An entire family banned from their own home because the Driver crushed it into a state of disrepair? A family nearly wiped out, because some idiot cant drive through being too drunk to steer a Car up a road? If he was seen in various Pubs that day, he was well and truly drunk, and should have been nowhere near a Car. Running off means he was drunk and wanted to avoid a breathalyser. He isnt a boy hes a man, and should know much better. He has ruined the lives of a decent family, and he does not give a toss. Jail the idiot. Farnworth Lady
  • Score: 7

1:03pm Wed 4 Jun 14

MarkAllRead says...

"Miss Stewart said the driver’s apology meant nothing to her family. She said: “He has destroyed our family'"

No he hasn't, not even remotely. He caused no injury whatsoever and hyperbole such as this is insulting to people who have *actually* lost relatives in traffic accidents.
"Miss Stewart said the driver’s apology meant nothing to her family. She said: “He has destroyed our family'" No he hasn't, not even remotely. He caused no injury whatsoever and hyperbole such as this is insulting to people who have *actually* lost relatives in traffic accidents. MarkAllRead
  • Score: 38

1:17pm Wed 4 Jun 14

ghijkl says...

JIm, if he'd have crashed into my house, and me and my family was un-hurt I would think exactly the same. Bricks and mortar can be rebuilt, yes, it might inconvenience me for a while, but hey, far more people have been unlucky and lost loved ones. I've been in 3 car crashes with two of them being right offs, none of the crashes my fault and I came out of them all very lucky, that's what makes you realise Lifes to short to keep thinking what if, lifes for living and that's what I do :-)
JIm, if he'd have crashed into my house, and me and my family was un-hurt I would think exactly the same. Bricks and mortar can be rebuilt, yes, it might inconvenience me for a while, but hey, far more people have been unlucky and lost loved ones. I've been in 3 car crashes with two of them being right offs, none of the crashes my fault and I came out of them all very lucky, that's what makes you realise Lifes to short to keep thinking what if, lifes for living and that's what I do :-) ghijkl
  • Score: 8

1:26pm Wed 4 Jun 14

mb63 says...

Just a point, if you have a car accident, you have 24 hours to report the accident according to the Police!
It is also not a criminal offence, it is a civil offence, so the driver cannot be arrested.
Just a point, if you have a car accident, you have 24 hours to report the accident according to the Police! It is also not a criminal offence, it is a civil offence, so the driver cannot be arrested. mb63
  • Score: 2

1:36pm Wed 4 Jun 14

f/worth lady says...

this fool was drunk no maybes ifs or buts about it there was no other car coming in any direction the speed he came through the fence in the next doors garden then through a second fence to hit the corner of the house and cause the damage it has says he was not driving at a reasonable speed neither did he brake no skid marks on the road this idiot was so drunk he accelerated not broke also if a car had been coming towards him he would of swerved to the left not the right common sense of people will tell you this this is loads of lies by this mindless idiot who nearly killed a family by there stupidity of being drunk behind a wheel . he has no idea just what damage he has done and by lying has made himself look even worse not that this will bother him because it took 3 days to go to the police hmmm alcohol not in his system anymore im done.
this fool was drunk no maybes ifs or buts about it there was no other car coming in any direction the speed he came through the fence in the next doors garden then through a second fence to hit the corner of the house and cause the damage it has says he was not driving at a reasonable speed neither did he brake no skid marks on the road this idiot was so drunk he accelerated not broke also if a car had been coming towards him he would of swerved to the left not the right common sense of people will tell you this this is loads of lies by this mindless idiot who nearly killed a family by there stupidity of being drunk behind a wheel . he has no idea just what damage he has done and by lying has made himself look even worse not that this will bother him because it took 3 days to go to the police hmmm alcohol not in his system anymore im done. f/worth lady
  • Score: 2

1:45pm Wed 4 Jun 14

ghijkl says...

f/worth lady wrote:
this fool was drunk no maybes ifs or buts about it there was no other car coming in any direction the speed he came through the fence in the next doors garden then through a second fence to hit the corner of the house and cause the damage it has says he was not driving at a reasonable speed neither did he brake no skid marks on the road this idiot was so drunk he accelerated not broke also if a car had been coming towards him he would of swerved to the left not the right common sense of people will tell you this this is loads of lies by this mindless idiot who nearly killed a family by there stupidity of being drunk behind a wheel . he has no idea just what damage he has done and by lying has made himself look even worse not that this will bother him because it took 3 days to go to the police hmmm alcohol not in his system anymore im done.
3 days' according to the story it was the day after
[quote][p][bold]f/worth lady[/bold] wrote: this fool was drunk no maybes ifs or buts about it there was no other car coming in any direction the speed he came through the fence in the next doors garden then through a second fence to hit the corner of the house and cause the damage it has says he was not driving at a reasonable speed neither did he brake no skid marks on the road this idiot was so drunk he accelerated not broke also if a car had been coming towards him he would of swerved to the left not the right common sense of people will tell you this this is loads of lies by this mindless idiot who nearly killed a family by there stupidity of being drunk behind a wheel . he has no idea just what damage he has done and by lying has made himself look even worse not that this will bother him because it took 3 days to go to the police hmmm alcohol not in his system anymore im done.[/p][/quote]3 days' according to the story it was the day after ghijkl
  • Score: 0

2:48pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Oblivious2 says...

When is it likely to become clear to those complaining that the only damage has been bricks,mortar and some metal. Such a huge overreaction. People cheat death everyday and some don't. So, spare a thought for those who have lost loved ones- they know what devastation is and what ruined lives are.

Count yourself lucky to be alive and move on.
When is it likely to become clear to those complaining that the only damage has been bricks,mortar and some metal. Such a huge overreaction. People cheat death everyday and some don't. So, spare a thought for those who have lost loved ones- they know what devastation is and what ruined lives are. Count yourself lucky to be alive and move on. Oblivious2
  • Score: 23

3:07pm Wed 4 Jun 14

whitewall76 says...

f/worth lady wrote:
this fool was drunk no maybes ifs or buts about it there was no other car coming in any direction the speed he came through the fence in the next doors garden then through a second fence to hit the corner of the house and cause the damage it has says he was not driving at a reasonable speed neither did he brake no skid marks on the road this idiot was so drunk he accelerated not broke also if a car had been coming towards him he would of swerved to the left not the right common sense of people will tell you this this is loads of lies by this mindless idiot who nearly killed a family by there stupidity of being drunk behind a wheel . he has no idea just what damage he has done and by lying has made himself look even worse not that this will bother him because it took 3 days to go to the police hmmm alcohol not in his system anymore im done.
Except. It is all ifs, buts and maybes. There is now no proof that he was drinking. Just because someone was in a public house all day doesn't mean he was and seeing as there were no injuries at the scene he (whoever he is) will probably get a talking to and a slap on the wrist. Maybe someone should of carried out a citizens arrest....
[quote][p][bold]f/worth lady[/bold] wrote: this fool was drunk no maybes ifs or buts about it there was no other car coming in any direction the speed he came through the fence in the next doors garden then through a second fence to hit the corner of the house and cause the damage it has says he was not driving at a reasonable speed neither did he brake no skid marks on the road this idiot was so drunk he accelerated not broke also if a car had been coming towards him he would of swerved to the left not the right common sense of people will tell you this this is loads of lies by this mindless idiot who nearly killed a family by there stupidity of being drunk behind a wheel . he has no idea just what damage he has done and by lying has made himself look even worse not that this will bother him because it took 3 days to go to the police hmmm alcohol not in his system anymore im done.[/p][/quote]Except. It is all ifs, buts and maybes. There is now no proof that he was drinking. Just because someone was in a public house all day doesn't mean he was and seeing as there were no injuries at the scene he (whoever he is) will probably get a talking to and a slap on the wrist. Maybe someone should of carried out a citizens arrest.... whitewall76
  • Score: 5

3:51pm Wed 4 Jun 14

guesty86 says...

Until the police have investigated and done their report into how it happened, shut up it annoys me how many people think there the next keyboard colombo. why don't you tell the police your "evidence"
Until the police have investigated and done their report into how it happened, shut up it annoys me how many people think there the next keyboard colombo. why don't you tell the police your "evidence" guesty86
  • Score: 13

7:40pm Wed 4 Jun 14

carlajane says...

Speeding I say clipped the kerb and lost control to do the damage he did
Speeding I say clipped the kerb and lost control to do the damage he did carlajane
  • Score: -2

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