By Victoria Stone-Meadows
The family of Casey’s mayor Sam Aziz has narrowly avoided injury after an elderly neighbour crashed into the front of their home in Berwick.
Police investigators have been told 2016 model Mercedes Benz was travelling along the road about 3.30pm Tuesday 14 March when the driver lost control and crashed into two properties.
It is believed the driver, a female in her sixties, veered off the road and smashed through a sandstone pillar letterbox.
The car then ploughed through a side fence between one house and Cr Aziz’s property before smashing headlong into the front of Cr Aziz’s house and coming to rest.
The woman was taken to Dandenong Hospital in a stable condition but police said the cause of her erratic driving remained unknown.
The wooden double-garage door of Cr Aziz’s home was completely destroyed and a brick pillar at the front of the house was left with huge cracks and extensive damage.
Cr Aziz’s wife and children were home at the time but were not injured.
Cr Aziz said he had to force the front door open to get in and out of the house when he rushed home from the council.
“I struggled to get the front door open because of the damage and my wife said ‘don’t come in’ because of the damage,” he said.
“There is cracked plaster and extensive damage inside the house as well.”
“Usually the neighbour’s kids are out playing in the driveway next door so it’s very lucky they weren’t there at the time.”
“I’m just glad everyone is OK and I hope the driver will be OK.”
Building inspectors and police remain on site to see if the family can stay at their home after the damage it sustained and police are investigating the cause of the crash.