‘I fear someone will be killed’

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A family of four who cheated death after a car smashed into their house were horrified when their home was hit again by an out-of-control driver.

The Wright family found a motorbike pillion passenger lying in their front garden at Waterside Road, Kirkintilloch after the latest smash on Friday night. Just eight months ago they were devastated when the front wall of their home was demolished by a car.

Now they are demanding action from the council and police to prevent a third accident ending in tragedy.

Stephen Wright (42) said: “We were told last time it was a one-in-a-million chance. Now it has happened a second time. I don’t want there to be a third, my worst fear is somebody will be killed.

“We were out the house for five months last time for the repairs to be carried out, and we were only just beginning to relax again. But it is nerve-wracking.”

It is not known whether anyone was hurt in the latest crash, as the driver and pillion passenger made off.

The family are calling for urgent traffic calming measures.

In October a car smashed through their living room window, causing injuries – that case is currently going through the courts.

But on Friday night Stephen (42), Lindy (40), and kids Holly (14) and Scott, who will be 11 next week, were once again sitting in the living room when they heard an enormous bang, followed by loud engine revving.

“We opened the blinds and saw a motorbike trying to get away from the scene and a pillion passenger landed in our garden,” said Stephen.

While no-one in the Wright family was hurt this time, they were left very shocked.

“It was very frightening, although there was no damage apart from a bent fence and a flattened bush.

“I don’t want to be the person who has someone die in their garden, either my family or anyone else,” added Stephen.

“I want the police to speak to the council and I want traffic calming measures put in place, even temporary ones, to allow us to feel safe. Everybody has the right to feel safe in their own house, and at the moment we don’t.”

He said he is also going to speak to his lawyer to see if he can force anything to be done.

He claims the police didn’t attend the scene until the following morning.

Mr Wright added: “The motorbike apparently damaged another car in Waterside before coming up and hitting us. I don’t know whether either the driver or pillion passenger was hurt, as they made off.”

Grace Irvine, director of neighbourhood services said: “We were disappointed to hear of this further accident but are glad the Wright family have not been injured and their property is undamaged.

“Our Council officers will contact Police Scotland to try and find out more detail about this incident and only then will it be considered if any further action is required.

“For clarity, Bankhead Road has a 30 mph speed limit. This is the national speed limit in urban areas. The ‘Twenty’s Plenty’ signs are to encourage drivers to slow down on approach to the village but are not the legal speed limit there.”

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “I can confirm that a call was received on Friday evening regarding the traffic matter; enquiries are ongoing to trace the driver.”