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Sleeping family in Wollongong narrowly avoid disaster after a car crashed into their bedroom 

‘I thought we were being bombed’: Sleeping family narrowly avoid disaster after a car crashed into their bedroom and burst into flames

  • Young family narrowly avoided disaster after a car ploughed into their bedroom
  • The car crushed into a fence, then the bedroom wall before it burst into flames
  • It narrowly missed a married couple and their daughter, 2, who were all asleep
  • The 21-year-old driver has been charged and will face court next month
  • Ainsley Lennard, 24, said the sound was so loud she thought it was a bomb 

A young family has narrowly avoided disaster after a car ploughed through a fence and into their house, flattening their bedroom wall before bursting into flames.

A 21-year-old man was driving a silver Holden Cruze along Lake Avenue in Cringila, south of Sydney, about 3.30am Saturday when the car careered off the road and into a house, police say.

The car narrowly missed Ainsley Lennard, 24, her husband and two-year-old daughter who were asleep in the bedroom at the time.

A young family has narrowly avoided disaster after a car ploughed through a fence and into their house, crushing their bedroom wall and bursting into flames

A 21-year-old man was driving a silver Holden Cruze along Lake Avenue in Cringila, south of Sydney, about 3.30am Saturday when the car careered off the road and into a house (pictured before it got hit)

A 21-year-old man was driving a silver Holden Cruze along Lake Avenue in Cringila, south of Sydney, about 3.30am Saturday when the car careered off the road and into a house (pictured before it got hit)

Mrs Lennard said the sound was so loud that when she woke up she thought she and her family were being bombed.

She looked around and could see straight outside the house, before she realised her daughter was stuck under the rubble after the incident.

‘I stood up and everything was on top of her. I just searched through everything for her,’ Mrs Lennard told Nine News.

‘I found her and I just dragged her out and just picked her up and she sort of just looked at me.’  

The 21-year-old driver and 35-year-old passenger begged the family not to call police, but they were already on their way to the scene.

Shortly after the car crashed into the house and while waiting for emergency services to arrive, the engine bay caught fire and started to spread to the house.

The car narrowly missed Ainsley Lennard, 24, her husband and two-year-old daughter who were asleep in the bedroom at the time

The car narrowly missed Ainsley Lennard, 24, her husband and two-year-old daughter who were asleep in the bedroom at the time

Neighbours, Tom and Vanessa David, attempted to help distinguish the fire until emergency services arrived and put the fire out.

‘We were in bed, and we just heard a loud crashing noise for a while,’ Mr David told the Illawarra Mercury. 

‘I rushed out here, saw the car through there, and I thought there’d be somebody trapped in the vehicle, so my wife ran in and rang triple-zero.’ 

Mrs Lennard and her husband were unharmed, but their two-year-old daughter sustained minor injuries.

Mrs Lennard said the sound was so loud that when she woke up she thought she and her family were being bombed

Mrs Lennard said the sound was so loud that when she woke up she thought she and her family were being bombed

The 21-year-old driver was breath tested at the scene and returned a negative result but was arrested and taken to Lake Illawarra Police Station.

He was charged with driving with a disqualified licence, driving in a dangerous manner and negligent driving.

The driver was granted conditional bail and is due to face Port Kembla Local Court on September 25.     

The 35-year-old passenger was not hurt in the crash but inquiries are continuing to determine the events leading up to the incident. 

Neighbours, Tom and Vanessa David, attempted to help distinguish the fire until emergency services arrived and put the fire out

Neighbours, Tom and Vanessa David, attempted to help distinguish the fire until emergency services arrived and put the fire out

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