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Man 'just centimetres' from car that smashed into room

A car crashed into a unit in O'Connor Street, Rosslea. David Brotherton was asleep when the car crashed into his bedroom narrowly missing his bed.
A car crashed into a unit in O'Connor Street, Rosslea. David Brotherton was asleep when the car crashed into his bedroom narrowly missing his bed. Evan Morgan

A QUEENSLAND man has had a lucky ­escape after a car crashed through his bedroom wall just centimetres from where he was sleeping.

David Brotherton, 58, was in bed when the speeding car crashed into his unit at the end of O'Connor St in Townsville's Rosslea yesterday at 1.14am.

The car first hit a ute in the unit complex carpark, hitting it with enough force to make it spin 180 degrees into another parking space, before crashing into a concrete bollard and through the wall, centimetres from Mr Brotherton's bed.

The driver was gone by the time residents emerged from their homes minutes later.

Mr Brotherton said at first he didn't know what had happened.

"I heard a screech, a bang and then there was a car crash into my wall," he said. "It was the scariest thing I've ­experienced. I can't fathom how someone could do it."

Mr Brotherton said he felt very lucky to not have been injured.

"Everyone keeps telling me to go and put a Lotto entry in," he said.

"I just think I used up all my luck last night."

The Bulletin understands it's the second time a car has crashed into the unit in recent years.

Another view of the crash scene where Mr Brotherton was lucky to avoid injury or even death.
Another view of the crash scene where Mr Brotherton was lucky to avoid injury or even death. Evan Morgan

Mundingburra police station officer in charge Senior Sergeant Graeme Paterson said the vehicle had sped down O'Connor St and when it reached the end of the cul-de-sac kept going into the carpark where it crashed.

"The scene indications suggest that at the culvert prior to here they've torn out the sump of the vehicle and lost oil as they've continued down the road," he said.

"With the force the car hit, the dual cab (ute) was spun completely 180 degrees. We've got a concreted bollard that has been torn from the ground and finally the wall has been the resting place for the car. We're very lucky no injuries have occurred to innocent people.

"It's a dead-end street, there's only half a dozen houses in this cul-de-sac so there is no reason for anybody to be doing any speed through here."

Sen-Sgt Paterson said it was not known if the vehicle that crashed into the unit complex was stolen.

"I think we could have had serious injuries to the person driving the car and we could have ended up with a much worse result if it wasn't probably for all those obstacles which helped stop the car before it went through that bedroom wall," he said.

Investigations are continuing into the incident.

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