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 car crash starfish palmers green 14 May 2019a

Facebook users have posted photographs and comments after a driver lost control, mounted the pavement and crashed into Starfish on Aldermans Hill early this afternoon, causing serious damage to the building.

There are conflicting reports about injuries: one post says that a woman was taken to hospital in an ambulance, another, quoting a police officer, that no-one was injured.  Another Facebook user said that the driver was an elderly man who was trying to park and put his foot on the accelerator instead of the brake.

Photograph: David March

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Neil Littman posted a reply #4628 27 Jun 2019 07:47
I was told last week by a resident of the road where the crash happened (who also owns a business in Winchmore Hill) that the reason for the incident was caused by two vehicles entering the road in opposite directions and one of them trying to avoid the planter at the end which is going to be removed.
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Karl Brown posted a reply #4631 27 Jun 2019 10:05
.... but why drive into a shop some little distance away, narrowly missing one table-full of diners and putting another in hospital, to "avoid a planter"? Perhaps the use of brakes, steering wheel, or even in extremis, boshing the planter rather than putting others and things at considerable risk.

Maybe a little scepticism is due before that one becomes an urban myth.
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David Eden posted a reply #4636 27 Jun 2019 11:21
In the nicest possible way, that story sounds complete and utter horse doodie. Anti-planter PR job. Literally makes no sense at all unless the white car that crashed was speeding so fast heading towards Aldermans' Hill that its evasive action took it into the side of Starfish. No car entering the side road could have ended up in Starfish that way, no matter the speed or direction of travel.

Reports at the time were of an old duffer with the classic pedal mix up too old to react and correct quickly enough. Much more likely.
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Karl Brown posted a reply #4637 27 Jun 2019 11:41
I heard (s)he was swerving to avoid a cyclist riding on the pavement, having just left the road accidentally due to being temporarily blinded by the sun's glare reflecting off the strips on the planter. But I might have just made that up.
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Dru Loizou posted a reply #4638 27 Jun 2019 12:21
David’s right. It was a simple case of pedal mix up while the elderly chap was trying to park his car. That was confirmed by Aykut, the owner of Starfish, who I spoke to shortly after the crash. Nothing to do with the planter - ignore, just silly rumours.
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David Eden posted a reply #4639 27 Jun 2019 14:39

Karl Brown wrote: I heard (s)he was swerving to avoid a cyclist riding on the pavement, having just left the road accidentally due to being temporarily blinded by the sun's glare reflecting off the strips on the planter. But I might have just made that up.


Hahaha!! +1

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