Pensioner left counting the cost after drink driver ploughs into her Stoke Newington home
- Credit: Archant
An elderly woman who narrowly escaped death when her house was crashed into by a drink driver has been left “devastated” after a court heard she would receive no compensation.
Brenda Wicking, now in her late seventies, had just got home from the shops and was taking off her coat in the living room when a speeding car hurtled into the front of her house, leaving her inches away from the rubble in state of shock.
The driver, Nicola Chase, 31, was found guilty of driving under the influence and sentenced to 60 hours community service.
Ms Chase has had her licence suspended for just two years, along with being issued a £200 fine - none of which was given to Ms Wicking to help repair her home or pay for the call-out charge.
"It doesn't really seem like a fair outcome," Ms Wicking said. "It was devastating. I still feel lucky to be alive after what happened. I just can't believe it.
You may also want to watch:
"I was just hanging my coat up, it was very frightening. It was quite a shock."
Ms Wicking was forced to cover all the costs from the incident herself, including the emergency services call-out fee and the damage done to her house, which she was later able to claim back through home insurance.
- 1 Residents' parking spaces removed for Church Street LTN
- 2 Hackney Half runners prepare for the fitness festival weekend
- 3 Hackney's pie and mash house son featured on MasterChef
- 4 Petrol station forecourts closed and long queues in north London
- 5 New free map reveals the best walking routes in Hackney and Islington
- 6 Hackney's Liam Dillion aims for vacant English super-featherweight title
- 7 Still no justice for Hackney flat party stabbing victim Elyon Poku
- 8 Residents' thoughts on Stoke Newington Church Street LTN
- 9 Delivery couriers boycott Dalston McDonald's
- 10 McDonald's boycott backed by Diane Abbott, Hackney MP
"I just don't know why it was me that ended up paying for it, that doesn't seem right because it was terrible," she said.
"I'd like more people to know, because it doesn't seem right that somebody gets away with doing something like this, really.
Ms Wicking was not informed of the court proceedings and although a portion of the driver's fine went to a victim support fund, Ms Wicking received nothing.
"The court process all happened so fast and [I] wasn't told about any of it, so I wasn't sure what was going on."
Ms Wicking is still refurbishing the inside of her house. "I still haven't sorted everything out. It's been quite a lot of work, really," she said.
Ms Wicking said speeding is common in her road, which is adjacent to Stoke Newington's busy Church Street.
"They do come speeding up here sometimes and I've seen them nearly knock over cyclists so many times. They are not very careful. I feel like something should change."