NHS worker nearly killed by own car when it crashes through wall during 'Love Island'

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Rhia Brindley’s home in Nottingham after the crash on Monday. (SWNS)
Rhia Brindley’s home in Nottingham after the crash on Monday. (SWNS)

An NHS worker was nearly killed by her own car when it crashed through her living room wall while she watched Love Island.

Rhia Brindley, 24, was enjoying the hit ITV show when bricks suddenly hit her at her family home in Clifton, Nottingham, on Monday.

A hit-and-run driver had smashed a stolen Toyota Corolla into her parked car which was hit with such force it was shunted into her house.

Brindley said: “I was told by police when they arrived that if I was sat where I usually sit to watch TV I’d have been in hospital critically injured or dead.”

Rhia Brindley was watching Love Island when the crash happened. (SWNS)
Rhia Brindley was watching Love Island when the crash happened. (SWNS)

Dramatic pictures show the front of the property was almost demolished by the car when it crashed through her wall at 10.15pm.

Brindley, an admin manager at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, was home with her dog at the time with her parents on holiday and brother at work.

She described the moment the car came through her wall, adding: “I was winding down and watching the TV with the dog when all of a sudden the house shook and the TV was knocked to the floor.

“I didn’t know what to think and because of the shock I didn’t realise what had happened at the time.

"Once I got over the initial shock I realised that the front of my car was in my living room.

“I went outside and saw my neighbours had gathered around the front of my house.

“People told me that a man had run away from a car that he had used to crash into mine.”

When officers arrived, they discovered the car that struck Brindley's had been stolen on 27 July.

Ms Brindley was uninjured in the crash that destroyed her living room. (SWNS)
Rhia Brindley was uninjured in the crash that destroyed her living room. (SWNS)

Brindley added: “I just think whoever did this is careless. They’ve fled the scene not realising that they could have killed somebody.

“It could have been more than just me, what if a child was playing in the street or an elderly person was walking down the road? The fact that they have just upped and left is awful.

“It is traumatising that you can be sat in your living room then all of a sudden something like this can happen.”

Nottinghamshire Police is now hunting the hit-and-run driver.

Inspector Kate Savage said: “This dangerous and reckless act could have had far more serious consequences for Rhia.

“The fact that she was left unharmed is a miracle and I can only imagine how shaken she is by what has happened.”

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