Investigation launched after car ploughs into Lotus House Chinese takeaway in Fair Oak

A car smashed into Chinese takeaway Lotus House in Fair Oak

A car smashed into Chinese takeaway Lotus House in Fair Oak

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Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Eastleigh Chief Reporter

AN investigation is underway today after a car ploughed in to a Chinese takeaway in a Hampshire village.

Eye witnesses saw the Ford Fiesta mount a pavement before careering into the Lotus House in Fair Oak, which was open at the time.

The glass frontage of the takeaway, on Summerlands Road, was destroyed by the force of the crash, which happened at around 9pm last night.

In minutes the emergency services had arrived with police, two ambulances and a fire engine descending on the scene.

People gathered and watched while the drama was unfolding in what is a small village shopping precinct.

Royal Mail worker Steve Dickeson had left the premises moments earlier with his takeaway when he heard a “hell of a crash”.

He said: “I had just come out of the Chinese and was parked there, then when I started to back up I thought, what was that?

“It made a hell of a crash and she must have really hit that throttle.”

“I don't know why it happened. Whether she was trying to put her foot on the brake and accidentally hit the throttle, I don't know.”

Miraculously nobody was reported to be injured in the drama and there were not thought to be any customers in the shop at the time.

The vehicle was being driven by a woman thought to be in her 50s or 60s.

Mr Dickeson said there was also a man in the car and that the owners of the shop were unable to leave the building while glass was being cleared away.

This morning the Lotus House was boarded up and nobody was answering the phone at the business, which advertises Chinese and European takeaway options.

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12:51pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Huey says...

Yet more idiots who get confused about pedals, streering wheels, and motoring in general. Banning them will raise the standards of driving.
Yet more idiots who get confused about pedals, streering wheels, and motoring in general. Banning them will raise the standards of driving. Huey
  • Score: -9

1:15pm Fri 4 Apr 14

bigfella777 says...

She, say no more
She, say no more bigfella777
  • Score: -14

1:25pm Fri 4 Apr 14

cliffwalker says...

Another elderly driver.
Another elderly driver. cliffwalker
  • Score: -12

1:49pm Fri 4 Apr 14

solomum says...

So the posters on here so far know the facts of how this happened? The driver could have been taken ill so avoid pathetic comments.
So the posters on here so far know the facts of how this happened? The driver could have been taken ill so avoid pathetic comments. solomum
  • Score: 12

2:19pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Zexagon says...

solomum wrote:
So the posters on here so far know the facts of how this happened? The driver could have been taken ill so avoid pathetic comments.
Or a mechanical failure or a deer ran across in front of them
[quote][p][bold]solomum[/bold] wrote: So the posters on here so far know the facts of how this happened? The driver could have been taken ill so avoid pathetic comments.[/p][/quote]Or a mechanical failure or a deer ran across in front of them Zexagon
  • Score: 10

2:23pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Bevois Valley Resident says...

bigfella777 wrote:
solomum wrote:
So the posters on here so far know the facts of how this happened? The driver could have been taken ill so avoid pathetic comments.
No, she was just a woman
As opposed to all these occasions when a man was driving:
http://www.dailyecho
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http://www.dailyecho
.co.uk/news/11119563
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rturned_car/
http://www.dailyecho
.co.uk/news/11096338
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en_killed_in_car_cra
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http://www.dailyecho
.co.uk/news/11055632
.Prime_Minister_hint
s_at_death_crash_sen
tence_review/
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]solomum[/bold] wrote: So the posters on here so far know the facts of how this happened? The driver could have been taken ill so avoid pathetic comments.[/p][/quote]No, she was just a woman[/p][/quote]As opposed to all these occasions when a man was driving: http://www.dailyecho .co.uk/archive/2014/ 04/02/11121023.Occup ants_of_green_hatchb ack_urged_to_help_po lice_after_fatal_cra sh/ http://www.dailyecho .co.uk/news/11119563 .Motorway_chaos_as_d river_trapped_in_ove rturned_car/ http://www.dailyecho .co.uk/news/11096338 .Tributes_paid_to_te en_killed_in_car_cra sh/ http://www.dailyecho .co.uk/news/11055632 .Prime_Minister_hint s_at_death_crash_sen tence_review/ Bevois Valley Resident
  • Score: 14

2:29pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Huey says...

solomum wrote:
So the posters on here so far know the facts of how this happened? The driver could have been taken ill so avoid pathetic comments.
Yeah right! We'll see. 98% of accidents are driver error.
[quote][p][bold]solomum[/bold] wrote: So the posters on here so far know the facts of how this happened? The driver could have been taken ill so avoid pathetic comments.[/p][/quote]Yeah right! We'll see. 98% of accidents are driver error. Huey
  • Score: 0

2:30pm Fri 4 Apr 14

sotonwinch09 says...

Of course no one will answer the phone Echo. They are a Chinese takeaway. The only open from 18:00ish
Of course no one will answer the phone Echo. They are a Chinese takeaway. The only open from 18:00ish sotonwinch09
  • Score: 8

3:05pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

Ah Chop Sticks my Meal was not Delivered!
Ah Chop Sticks my Meal was not Delivered! Fatty x Ford Worker
  • Score: 3

3:09pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Brite Spark says...

It's not even like it's a Drive Thru
(well it wasn't)
It's not even like it's a Drive Thru (well it wasn't) Brite Spark
  • Score: 3

3:21pm Fri 4 Apr 14

camerajuan says...

Let's not jump to any conclusions about the driver's abilities. There may have been sum ting wong with the brakes.
Let's not jump to any conclusions about the driver's abilities. There may have been sum ting wong with the brakes. camerajuan
  • Score: 12

5:43pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Positively4thStreet says...

What a noodle.
What a noodle. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 3

5:51pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Mary80 says...

solomum wrote:
So the posters on here so far know the facts of how this happened? The driver could have been taken ill so avoid pathetic comments.
welcome to the DE comment section...everyone here jumps to conclusions about every accident shaking a fist blaming one or the other.
[quote][p][bold]solomum[/bold] wrote: So the posters on here so far know the facts of how this happened? The driver could have been taken ill so avoid pathetic comments.[/p][/quote]welcome to the DE comment section...everyone here jumps to conclusions about every accident shaking a fist blaming one or the other. Mary80
  • Score: 1

5:55pm Fri 4 Apr 14

southamptonadi says...

Must of been avoiding that cyclist that jumped a red light or doing something illegal.

But really
Must of been avoiding that cyclist that jumped a red light or doing something illegal. But really southamptonadi
  • Score: 1

5:56pm Fri 4 Apr 14

southamptonadi says...

But really,
The glass frontage of the takeaway, on Summerlands Road, was destroyed by the force of the crash,

By the force hahahahaha. I would of thought it was the fact that it was a piece of glass, they do not normally hold up against being hit by cars however forcefull
But really, The glass frontage of the takeaway, on Summerlands Road, was destroyed by the force of the crash, By the force hahahahaha. I would of thought it was the fact that it was a piece of glass, they do not normally hold up against being hit by cars however forcefull southamptonadi
  • Score: 2

7:26pm Fri 4 Apr 14

IronLady2010 says...

Maybe a Rat scared the driver?
Maybe a Rat scared the driver? IronLady2010
  • Score: -7

9:34pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Maine Lobster says...

Maybe the driver thought it was a drive through Chinese?
Maybe the driver thought it was a drive through Chinese? Maine Lobster
  • Score: -2

9:44pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Stubs says...

Did the driver have L plates and were they drunk at the wheel I wonder?
Did the driver have L plates and were they drunk at the wheel I wonder? Stubs
  • Score: 0

10:13pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Saintly Sam says...

bigfella777 wrote:
She, say no more
bigfella?

Is that referring to your waist line, or ego?

Or that fact that you are a sexist pig?

Or all three?
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: She, say no more[/p][/quote]bigfella? Is that referring to your waist line, or ego? Or that fact that you are a sexist pig? Or all three? Saintly Sam
  • Score: -1

2:52am Sat 5 Apr 14

Big Mac says...

Took the wong turn, chicken flied lice cross with road.
Took the wong turn, chicken flied lice cross with road. Big Mac
  • Score: -1

5:18am Sat 5 Apr 14

oldage says...

solomum wrote:
So the posters on here so far know the facts of how this happened? The driver could have been taken ill so avoid pathetic comments.
The driver WAS NOT taken ill i live above the shop she was in a rush to go and thought she must of been in reverse and WAS NOT she should NOT be on the road
[quote][p][bold]solomum[/bold] wrote: So the posters on here so far know the facts of how this happened? The driver could have been taken ill so avoid pathetic comments.[/p][/quote]The driver WAS NOT taken ill i live above the shop she was in a rush to go and thought she must of been in reverse and WAS NOT she should NOT be on the road oldage
  • Score: 1

12:36pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Big Mac says...

oldage wrote:
solomum wrote:
So the posters on here so far know the facts of how this happened? The driver could have been taken ill so avoid pathetic comments.
The driver WAS NOT taken ill i live above the shop she was in a rush to go and thought she must of been in reverse and WAS NOT she should NOT be on the road
She wasn't she was on the pavement jumping the queue
[quote][p][bold]oldage[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]solomum[/bold] wrote: So the posters on here so far know the facts of how this happened? The driver could have been taken ill so avoid pathetic comments.[/p][/quote]The driver WAS NOT taken ill i live above the shop she was in a rush to go and thought she must of been in reverse and WAS NOT she should NOT be on the road[/p][/quote]She wasn't she was on the pavement jumping the queue Big Mac
  • Score: 0

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