‘I feared for my daughter’s life’

CLOSE CALL: The remains of the Colourbond fence. BELOW: Chris Hogan points out just how close the car came to his daughter’s bedroom window. BRADFORDVILLE resident Chris Hogan was rendered speechless last Thursday week, when he found half of his Colourbond fence strewn across his front lawn. The culprit: a negligent driver and his vehicle.
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Mr Hogan, of Strathallan Crescent, told the

The lawn was also shredded by tyre marks. His wife was woken at around 11pm by a loud noise, and afterwards told her husband what had happened once he arrived home – as he works late.

Police attended the scene and did an analysis of the site.

“The incident was classed as a ‘fail to stop’, and enquiries on the case are still pending with no charges laid,” Sergeant Allan McCulloch said.

“No vehicle was present at the scene.”

The penalty for negligent driving is usually a fine of $316. “The driver came within three metres of my one-year-old daughter’s bedroom”, Mr. Hogan said.

“If he hadn’t regained control of the car again, God only knows what could have occurred.

“He fortunately was able to regain control of the car again, but made a mess of my letterbox and took out half of my fence.

“There’s an electricity box just outside our house, and I reckon he swerved to avoid that, and ended up in my front yard. If he had hit that, we would have had a major incident on our hands,” he said.

Mr Hogan would like to raise awareness of this incident, and urges any residents of Goulburn to be vigilant if it happens to them. He urges residents to keep a watch for any “crazy” drivers around the area, saying: “I hope the police can catch them and bring them to account”.

A similar incident occurred on the corner of Auburn and Montague Streets at approximately 1pm the day before, with impact between two vehicles on the front driver’s side. Again, no charges were laid, due to one of the drivers, a Pplater, taking full responsibility.

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