Family’s fears after runaway car ends up on their drive - VIDEO

NEAR-MISS ... Tracy Fellows on the driveway where the runaway car ended up.
NEAR-MISS ... Tracy Fellows on the driveway where the runaway car ended up.

A HORRIFIED family have given a stark warning to school-run mums after a runaway car careered into their garden.

Paul and Tracy Fellows hit out after a mother dashing to a parents’ meeting forgot to apply her handbrake.

Footage captured on their house CCTV shows her car rolling 50 yards backwards down Underhill Road in Cleadon, and into their driveway.

The absent driver found police waiting to quiz her when she returned soon afterwards.

Police said she admitted to officers that she had failed to use the handbrake – but escaped being prosecuted.

The 31-second footage has now been posted on video-clip website YouTube as a warning to others.

Today, the couple told how fears of a tragedy had stopped them letting their children Olivia, seven, and Reuben, four, play in their front garden.

Mr Fellows, 39, director of online marketing firm Performance Horizon Group, said: “I’m angry and annoyed about this.

“It’s quite amazing that the car hasn’t hit anyone or anything. It could easily have done so.

“We don’t let our children play out there now.

“It’s pretty ridiculous that we don’t even feel safe at our own home, simply because parents won’t park safely.”


University student Mrs Fellows, 41, found the car in the drive when she returned home at about 3.40pm last Wednesday, and called the police.

The couple say it is just one of numerous incidents of parents failing to park safely while taking children to and from Cleadon Village C of E Primary School, 100 yards away.

They claim that in December a car used their driveway to reverse into, narrowly missing Reuben as he played.

And they also claim residents’ cars regularly suffer scrapes and other damage from parents on the school run.

Mr Fellows, who has called for school and council action, added: “Parents using the school are always parking their cars in dangerous ways.

“I fear it is just a matter of time before a serious incident occurs.”

Footage shows the stray blue vehicle – thought to be either a Citroen or Peugeot – rolling backwards on one side of the road before veering through the entrance to the Fellows’ driveway.

The family are now awaiting planning permission to install gates at their eight-bedroom detached home.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “Officers attended and found that a car had parked without its handbrake and rolled on to a drive.

“The parties were spoken to and advice given.”

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