Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

How Trip to Chemist Was Prescription for Disaster

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

How Trip to Chemist Was Prescription for Disaster

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WHEN pensioner Ernest Wigley set off to give his wife a lift to the chemist, he had no idea that a routine trip to collect a prescription would leave a trail of destruction, including a smashed shop window and four damaged cars, in its wake.

Disaster struck when Mr Wigley, 87, lost control of his blue Rover while attempting to park after dropping his wife Rita outside Lloyd's chemist on Craddock's Parade in Ashtead, Surrey.

The car careered forward, smashing into the car in front, which mounted the pavement knocking a bollard to the ground. It then reversed and swerved onto the pavement before smashing into the right-hand window of Select Interiors, causing glass to rain down on the car.

"I heard a bang in the road and then the car came smashing through the window," said a shop assistant, who did not want to be named.

But the damage by the one-man demolition derby did not end there.

The car lurched forward, smashing into a Mercedes parked opposite the shop, before reversing into the shop window for a second time.

"We saw the car move forward then to our horror it came back at us. The whole place shook with the impact. It really was a shock, especially the second time," added the shop assistant.

The Rover then swerved to the right, hitting a third car which, in turn, smashed into the car in front. The car finally came to a halt near the entrance to the parade of shops as workers from the Percy Holmes butchers opposite rushed across to help Mr Wigley out of the car.

Remarkably, nobody was seriously hurt, but Mr Wigley was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

It is not yet known how the accident happened, although there is speculation that Mr Wigley's foot became stuck on the accelerator of the automatic car.

Mrs Wigley, of Darcy Road, Ashtead, refused to comment today. …

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