Neighbours shocked after Portsmouth cab driver dies at the wheel.

Damage to the front wall of the house after the accident
Damage to the front wall of the house after the accident

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NEIGHBOURS have spoken of their shock after a man died when his car hit a wall.

The 46-year-old suffered what police say was a ‘medical episode’ at the wheel before he crashed into a house.

The driver of a Citywide blue Peugeot 307 taxi was pronounced dead at the scene after his car hit the wall opposite the T-junction of Cobden Avenue and Chesterfield Road in Copnor.

Emergency services were called to the incident on Saturday, just before 6pm.

Beryl Sutherland lives next door to the house that was hit.

She said she was shaking for ages after the accident.

‘I was in total shock,’ said the 78-year-old.

‘We weren’t too sure what had happened. There was just an awful lot of noise. I couldn’t stop shaking for ages.’

Beryl’s son Robert added: ‘First of all, I heard a mechanical whirring and I thought someone was working on their car.

‘Then it got louder so I looked out the window and the street was covered in smoke.

‘People were already trying to help the driver get out the car and I could see my next door neighbours doing CPR.

‘They were true heroes and tried to save him.’

Officers from Hampshire Constabulary cordoned off a section of the road while they carried out investigations.

Aaron Reid, who lives on the corner of the junction, called the emergency services.

The 27-year-old said: ‘I was in the bathroom when I heard a massive crash.

‘I ran downstairs and saw the car in the garden of the house opposite. There was smoke all over the street so people were a bit wary to go near the car.

‘But as soon as it cleared, people were trying to help the driver and I could see someone giving chest compressions.’

Speaking after the accident, a spokesman for Hampshire police said they believe the driver had a medical episode at the wheel that caused the crash but the incident is under full investigation.

No-one at Citywide was available for comment.

Anyone who witnessed the collision should call Sergeant Wayne Voller at Fratton Roads Policing Unit, quoting Operation Kensal.