Woman tells of lucky escape as car crashes just inches from her

LUCKY ESCAPE Julie Gurd, 20, who was a pedestrian on Kingston Road when a car ending up crashing just yards from her. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs  (123977-1)
LUCKY ESCAPE Julie Gurd, 20, who was a pedestrian on Kingston Road when a car ending up crashing just yards from her. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (123977-1)

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‘I’M lucky to be alive’ – those are the words of a pedestrian who narrowly escaped serious injury after a dramatic car crash.

Care worker Julie Gurd, 20, from Southsea, was walking on the pavement in Kingston Road, Portsmouth, when a driver of a black Nissan Qashqai crashed just inches away from her.

ACCIDENT The car on its side

ACCIDENT The car on its side

The male driver lost control coming out of Lake Road.

The car then smashed through the barrier of an island in Kingston Road before flipping into two stationary vehicles waiting at the traffic lights.

It came to rest on its side on the pavement – inches away from a shaken Miss Gurd.

She told The News: ‘I didn’t see it hit but heard a bang when it landed.

‘I was literally inches away from it.

‘I am lucky to be alive.

‘It could have been much worse and it’s something you don’t ever think is going to happen.

‘A few people said someone must have been watching down on me.’

Miss Gurd, who was on her way to work in Fratton, said she was shaking hours after the incident and phoned her parents Dawn and Andrew.

She was treated by ambulance crews at the scene for shock but did not require hospital treatment.

She added: ‘It didn’t quite hit me until the police car came down the road at the same speed.

‘I was trying to get across the road afterwards but it was difficult knowing what had just happened – it was horrible.’

The driver of the Nissan managed to free himself from the car and was not seriously hurt.

He was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, Portsmouth, for treatment.

The drivers of the two cars the Nissan collided with – a silver BMW and a gold Renault Traffic – were not seriously hurt in the incident.

PC Lisa Oliver, from the joint operations policing department at Fratton Police Station, said at the scene: ‘There was a lady stood on the pavement and the car literally missed her by inches.

‘She was very lucky and very shaken.’

An eyewitness said: ‘You could see the driver lose control and swerve.

‘He somersaulted and hit two cars and ended up resting on top of them.

‘It’s lucky no one was killed.’

Samantha Richardson was a passenger of the BMW driven by her partner Steve Lowe. She said they were treated for neck and back injuries at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

She said: ‘The first we knew was when we heard a smash.

‘I am just thankful no cyclists were on the green cycle part at the lights or they would have been killed and no pedestrians were in direct line of his car.

‘It was horrific and we were very shaken up but there are no fatalities and I consider myself very lucky.

‘It could have been a lot worse.’

Last night Hampshire Police said a man had been detained, but was not available to confirm if he had been charged with an offence or bailed.