Learner driver crashes Mercedes in Lidl car park

Basingstoke Gazette: Learner driver crashes Mercedes in Lidl car park. Picture by Paul King. Learner driver crashes Mercedes in Lidl car park. Picture by Paul King.

THIS was not quite the manoeuvre a learner driver was attempting when she crashed a Mercedes in a supermarket car park last night.

The 36-year-old woman was using the Lidl car park in West Ham, Basingstoke to practise driving in the automatic car when she accidentally put her foot on the accelerator rather than the brake, and shot over a wall at around 5.30pm.

The car ended up landing on its front bumper, with the woman and her 37-year-old husband in the front, and her two children in the passenger seats.

Dave Allen, crew manager at Basingstoke fire station, which is next door to the supermarket, said: “There was no one trapped in it. They all got out."

Vicky O'Hare, corporate communications officer for Hampshire Constabulary, confirmed that the driver was a learner and said she was taken to hospital with "serious leg injuries."

*Were you the driver of this Mercedes? Contact Emily Roberts on 01256 337410 or email emily.roberts@basingstokegazette.co.uk.

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11:11am Mon 11 Feb 13

quickpete says...

A Mercedes is hardly a suitable car for a learner is it?
A Mercedes is hardly a suitable car for a learner is it? quickpete
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11:35am Mon 11 Feb 13

AndrewRH says...

That would have affected someone walking on the pavement or cycling on the road at that time, too - look at that tree. Glad it appears that no one seriously injured.
That would have affected someone walking on the pavement or cycling on the road at that time, too - look at that tree. Glad it appears that no one seriously injured. AndrewRH
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2:04pm Mon 11 Feb 13

AndrewRH says...

The BBC is reporting that person had a 'serious leg injury'. Best wishes for speedy recovery.

(the BBC wrongly says, though that crash occurred at the roundabout).

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-england-ham
pshire-21412878
The BBC is reporting that person had a 'serious leg injury'. Best wishes for speedy recovery. (the BBC wrongly says, though that crash occurred at the roundabout). http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-england-ham pshire-21412878 AndrewRH
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2:34pm Mon 11 Feb 13

jbee37 says...

Merc driver teaching wifey to drive automatic in supermarket car park. private ground and probably not insured. got disaster written all over it!!
Merc driver teaching wifey to drive automatic in supermarket car park. private ground and probably not insured. got disaster written all over it!! jbee37
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3:39pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Ding says...

You can't park there.
You can't park there. Ding
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4:39pm Tue 12 Feb 13

laurence86 says...

Surely if you can afford a Merc you can afford a professional instructor!
Surely if you can afford a Merc you can afford a professional instructor! laurence86
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6:37pm Wed 13 Feb 13

red teacosy says...

If I were to crash a Merc, it would have to be in a Waitrose car park!!
If I were to crash a Merc, it would have to be in a Waitrose car park!! red teacosy
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9:47am Fri 15 Feb 13

Upontheroof says...

Cool, Basingstoke's very own real life Maureen!
Cool, Basingstoke's very own real life Maureen! Upontheroof
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