Car smashes into shop front in reverse after 82-year-old driver blinded by morning sun
AN 82-year-old driver had a lucky escape when he crashed his car while reversing round a corner.
The man was backing his Daihatsu Terios down Dean Street, Langley Mill, on to Cromford Road when he was blinded by the low sun.
Staff from the Bridge Cafe, close to where the accident happened, tended to the pensioner following the crash just before 9am yesterday.
Susan Pleace, proprietor of the cafe, said: "When I heard it happen, I thought a bomb had gone off.
"Initially, I thought that someone had driven straight into the building but, when we went out, it turned out that it was totally the opposite.
"The poor man said he was reversing round the corner when he was blinded by the sun and accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake."
Susan said the man was unhurt but shaken and was given a cup of tea while he was checked over by ambulance crew.
The building the car hit was empty because Groundwork Derby and Derbyshire, which occupied it previously, went into administration in September.
Susan said: "It was lucky that it was empty. Normally there would have been four or five people in there. The main thing is he is all right."