A pensioner is lucky to be alive after he accidentally hit the accelerator while reversing his car into his garage – and ploughed through the wall into his garden.
Donald Lambdin, 90, was carefully manoeuvring his black Mercedes C280 on his driveway when it suddenly shot backwards into the garage.
He ”gripped the steering wheel for dear life” as the motor narrowly missed both side walls by inches before crashing through the back wall.
The car landed 6ft below on the back lawn with the roof completely ripped off.
Retired junior school teacher Donald, who lives at the house in Plymouth, Devon, with wife Betty, also 90, escaped unhurt and says he is ”lucky to be alive”.
He said: ”I was parking much as I do every time I take the car out and was carefully reversing in to my garage when it suddenly shot backwards.
”I gripped the wheel for dear life as I flew into the garage missing the wall by inches before ‘bang’ I flew straight out the back wall.
”I was flying down my garden and crashed straight into the bottom of it about 20ft away.
”It’s a miracle I wasn’t hurt or killed. I don’t know what happened, but I suddenly shot backwards and there was nothing I could do.
”I could see the wall flying past, and it’s lucky I missed both walls by inches.
”It was a massive shock and I was trapped in the car until neighbours came and the firefighters came and cut the roof off.”
Donald, who has four children, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild, was taken to Derriford Hospital but was released later that day with no injuries.
He added: ”I’ve been driving for over 50 years and have only ever had one minor bump.
I still can’t really believe it’s happened. The car’s a total write off.”