Lincolnshire

Speeding driver jailed after smash threw woman out of bath

Car in house wall Image copyright JOHN ARON/JOHN ARON PHOTOGRAPHY
Image caption Lincoln Crown Court heard the car was going so fast it went straight through a double brick wall

A speeding motorist who drove his car straight through the wall of a house - throwing the tenant out of her bath - has been jailed.

Kyle Rance's car was described as travelling "like a bullet" as it drove down a narrow lane in Louth and smashed into the property.

Resident Angela Watson was thrown through the air before the bathroom wall collapsed on her.

Rance, of Louth, Lincolnshire, was jailed for two-and-a-half years.

The 30-year-old, of St Michael's Road, was also banned from driving for five years.

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Image caption Witnesses told Lincoln Crwon Court the car was travelling at about 60 mph (96 km/h)

A jury at Lincoln Crown Court heard Rance appeared to accelerate as he approached a T-junction and shot across the road and into the wall of a house in Edward Street on 27 June 2014.

Ms Watson suffered two broken vertebrae, multiple fractures to her pelvis, a fractured hip socket, a collapsed lung and liver damage.

Rance's four passengers were also injured with two of them being seriously hurt.

'Propelled through wall'

Prosecutor Martin Hurst said Rance picked up his partner and the other passengers from Louth Golf Club where they had been attending a wake.

He told the jury: "Rance set off driving like a teenager. The other people in the car say he was showing off. His driving was jerky. He floored the accelerator.

"Two people estimate he was doing 60 mph in a 30 mph limit. A member of the public said he was going like a bullet."

"I was propelled through the opposite wall. I went across the bathroom. I finished up where the wall had been. The wall came down on top of me."

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Ms Watson said she had been in the bath for 20 minutes when she heard the sound of a speeding car.

"I could tell it was getting closer to me. It was going incredibly fast. Then I heard an explosion and I was thrown out of the bath.

"I was propelled through the opposite wall. I went across the bathroom. I finished up where the wall had been. The wall came down on top of me."

Ms Watson spent 13 weeks in hospital with her injuries.

Repairs to the house cost £30,000.

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