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Leeds mum's shock as car crashes into her garden while her baby is in the front room

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A car has crashed into the garden of a Leeds family's house while their four young children were inside.

The vehicle ended up upside down in Lisa O'Flaherty's garden in Wortley while her baby played in the front room.

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It also damaged two other gardens on Lower Wortley Road during the shocking incident on Thursday night.

Lisa, a nurse whose children are aged between eight years and 11 months, at first thought the sounds of the crash were caused by a thunderstorm.

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The collision left the 39-year-old driver in hospital with serious injuries.

"The car hit my house after going through two neighbours' gardens. I was at home with my four children (my husband had literally just gone out) and my youngest was playing on the carpet just in front of the window.

"I heard a bang and initially thought that it was thunder, but then there was another deafening bang and the window and wall shook, and dust was flying up in the air from the plaster boards breaking. I then saw car the car upside down in my garden. My baby started screaming, and my three older girls were all screaming and terrified - my eldest has said this morning she was screaming as she was scared something had happened to her dad.

"When we stepped outside everything was very surreal. I rang 999 as soon as I opened the door and saw the full extent. We and our neighbours affected are all physically OK, but very shook up, and I’m struggling to think of how different things could have been if the car had fully come through with my baby in its path. The man in the car was not in a good way at all and my thoughts are with him and his family by his side.

"We’ve lived here 10 years, our neighbours a lot longer, and there are frequent accidents on this corner. Not as bad as this has been but still something needs to be done really."

West Yorkshire Police said:

"Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious road traffic collision in Leeds yesterday evening.

"Officers were called at 20.15pm to Lower Wortley Road where a Toyota Celica was in collision with a Ford Kuga outside a bingo hall.

"Both cars stopped to exchange details but as the driver of the Ford got out, the driver of the Toyota drove off.

"The Toyota subsequently overturned into nearby gardens whilst turning a corner.

"The driver of the Toyota, a man aged 39, sustained serious injuries and was taken to Leeds General Infirmary where he remains in a serious condition."

Anyone who saw the collision or who has dashcam footage is asked to call police on 101 quoting log number 1904 of 26/7.