Scared to go home after car crashes into house
A FAMILY of five is still in shock after a car ploughed through their home in Coral St at Alstonville one night last week.
Peter De Wit, his wife Myra and their three children were sitting on their couch on Thursday night watching Home and Away when a car drove straight through the front of their home and into their kitchen.
It missed Mr De Wit's 11-year-old daughter by less than half a metre.
"It was terrible ... it sounded like an aeroplane coming into the house, it was so loud," he said.
"I just couldn't believe it.
"Normally at that time of the night I would have been in the kitchen washing the dishes, but we were still watching TV.
"If I'd been in the kitchen, I would have been killed or badly hurt."
After the crash it took Mr De Wit "at least 20 seconds" to realise what had happened.
He said he looked at the car in the kitchen, surveyed the damage, and asked the driver: "What are you doing in here?"
Neighbours came and took care of Mrs De Wit and the children, aged 13, 11 and 7.
"I think I must have been in shock; I started laughing and saying, 'how is this possible?'," Mr De Wit said.
"We have lived there for eight years and nothing like this has ever happened."
While most of the mess has been cleaned up, and insurance should cover the repairs, the De Wits still haven't been able to return home.
Mr De Wit said they had been staying at a caravan park in Ballina, and were due to return home on Saturday.
"But my youngest daughter, she doesn't really want to come home," he said.
"She is scared ... she's having nightmares. The car was less than half a metre from her."
The De Wits wanted to thank all those who helped them during the traumatic experience, including the Ballina SES, the Alstonville fire brigade, the Lismore ambulance and Ballina police.
"We also want to thank Josh, Ann and Jacob for saving our dog," Mr De Wit said.
"Our other neighbours took care of my wife and kids, and the other neighbour cooked a beautiful lasagne. "CASPA in Lismore also helped us.