LUCKILY no one was badly hurt in Bendigo on the weekend when two vehicles ran off the road into buildings in separate incidents.
On Saturday morning a four-wheel drive and trailer ran off Eaglehawk Road, in Ironbark, into a vacant shopfront.
Yesterday morning a car veered off Napier Street, White Hillls, and destroyed the front of a house.
The driver who smashed into the Ironbark shop, Paul Kavanagh, said he was glad the crash wasn’t worse.
Leading Senior Constable Kevyn Hume-Cook said Mr Kavanagh’s four-wheel-drive was pushed into the shop when the driver of another car failed to look before merging.
“It’s a case of not enough care being taken,” he said. “The driver hasn’t seen the four-wheel-drive in his blind spot. It reinforces the importance of doing a proper head check before moving across.”
Mr Kavanagh, who was uninjured, said he was concerned about the passengers in the other vehicle.
The car had four people inside, including two children.
“I jumped out and saw there was a ‘baby on board’ sticker so I was pretty worried a baby was in there,” he said. “But it wasn’t too bad in the end.”
A female passenger from the car was treated for minor injuries to her foot.
The 48-year-old driver of the car is expected to receive a fine for changing lanes without looking.
After yesterday’s incident in White Hills, police are searching for two male passengers who fled from the crash.
Senior Constable Dave Sanders said one of the men – a Ballarat man aged in his 30s – was known to police. He said it was unclear why they ran away.
“It’s believed they were in an argument that led to the crash,” he said.
A 45-year-old Bendigo woman was the driver of the car and has assisted police with enquiries.
No-one was in the property at the time of the crash. A woman in her 70s lives alone at the unit but was not home yesterday.
A friend of the property owner, Ken Merrett, said she had been in hospital for three weeks.
Mr Merrett said her children had been notified and had travelled from Melbourne to assess the damage.
Witnesses described a loud thud as the car knocked over two fences and smashed through the brick structure of the home.
“There was no screech of tyres or brakes, it just pulled off the road and made a huge bang,” Napier Street resident Chris Millard said.
“I thought the house was going to blow up.”
Other witnesses who stopped to help described seeing two passengers stumble out of the car and walk off down the street in a disoriented manner.
Sergeant Robert Walsh said last night he was hoping to hear the version of events from the two passengers before proceeding with any charges.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Bendigo police on 5448 1300.