The local community has offered support to a mother and her young daughter after a car smashed into the living room of their Northfield apartment this morning (28th February) – just one day after they moved in.
Katie and her daughter were excited to be making a “new start” in the new build apartment on Frogmill Lane. However, they were devastated when a car smashed into the building, knocking through the wall into their living room.
The car driver was taken to hospital but his injuries were not thought to be serious. Luckily, the occupants of the apartment were not injured, but were very shaken.
West Midlands Police south Birmingham response police tweeted that a man had been arrested on suspicion of drink driving following the accident.
Specialist West Midlands Fire Service crews joined Northfield firefighters to remove the vehicle and make the building safe and secure.
Local man Colin Redmond, who was passing at the time, helped the driver from the car and also offered assistance to the occupants of the flat.
MP Richard Burden visited to offer support and many local residents offered support and help on the B31 Voices Facebook page.
Katie said: “To everyone that has offered my daughter and I support today I thank you sincerely. We moved in yesterday and this was our new start after a very difficult 18 months. I am overwhelmed at the support being offered.
“The driver was injured and in that split second he decided to get into his car drunk he has shattered our hopes and dreams of a fresh start. Devastated doesn't quite sum it up.”
But she added: “I am overwhelmed at people's response to this. I feel truly blessed that there are good people in this world.”
We hope that she and her daughter can settle into their new home soon and wish them all the best for the future.
And locals… Thank you! :)
Images by Rob Norman (@TRUblueROB) of West Midlands Fire Service