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Crash nearly a new tragedy on Baydon road
A DRIVER and his family are thanking their lucky stars following a serious car crash last week.
Matt Doyle was driving with his partner and her 10-year-old son when they were involved in a collision on Baydon Road close to Wanborough last Friday.
The driver of the other car has since been charged for drink driving.
Speaking shortly after the incident, Matt, 33, said: “I don’t know what it takes for people to learn about the dangers of getting behind the wheel after having a few. For the sake of a few drinks any one of us in both of the vehicles could have been killed.
“People often think they can drive through the villages at a much more dangerous speed because there aren’t as many police about and it doesn’t seem as though they will learn.”
Matt was driving his Audi A3 down a hill when a car travelling in the opposite direction suddenly pulled across the lanes into a junction, not giving him enough time to respond.
The two vehicles collided, with the force spinning Matt’s car 45 degrees and being damaged beyond repair in the process.
All the occupants were injured, with Matt suffering a sore neck as well as bruising to his chest and legs. His partner and her son also suffered from sore necks as well as other minor injuries.
Matt said: “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing but I didn’t have time to safely brake.
“All the airbags deployed straight away. At first we thought the car was on fire with the amount of smoke but it was powder from the airbags.
“We crawled from the car and a witness called an ambulance.”
Both drivers were breathalysed on the scene and while Matt was clear the other driver was over the limit.
The incident took place a short distance from the spot where mum-of-two Diane Wright was killed by Paula Barnes who was twice the drink drive limit.
Matt, of Redhouse, said: “Getting behind the wheel of car over the limit can have such a devastating effect on so many people’s lives.
“We are all very lucky to be walking away. If it had happened a fraction of a second later I would have hit and maybe killed his passenger.
“I would have had to live with that for the rest of my life, even though it wasn’t my fault, not to mention the effect on his family.”