Andrew Lilly was driving along Eenie Creek Rd when loose tiles fell off another vehicle and smashed into his car. Photo: Patrick Woods
Andrew Lilly was driving along Eenie Creek Rd when loose tiles fell off another vehicle and smashed into his car. Photo: Patrick Woods

‘It could’ve killed someone’: Driver’s frightening near miss

A FATHER in his 80s is now $500 out of pocket after loose tiles in the back of another vehicle smashed into his car while he was driving on the Coast.

Sunrise Beach resident Andrew Lilly was travelling along Eenie Creek Rd on Monday when he said a vehicle driving in the opposite direction sped past.

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“I think he had a trailer on, and his tiles were flying off the back of his truck, hitting the road and smashing everywhere,” Mr Lilly said.

“I’d say he must have been doing about 80km/h, and it’s a 60km/h zone.

“Then I got hit by one of them.”

Although Mr Lilly attempted to catch up with the vehicle, he said the driver didn’t stop.

The 80-year-old was left with a cracked windscreen and damaged vehicle.

“The bonnet is all damaged, it’s all scratched and dinted, and also the windscreen was broken,” Mr Lilly said.

“It was hit pretty solid.

The crack in Mr Lilly’s windscreen. Photo: Patrick Woods
The crack in Mr Lilly’s windscreen. Photo: Patrick Woods

“Luckily it hit right at the bottom of the windscreen and not in the centre.

“I’m fortunate it didn’t turn into a worse accident than it did.”

Mr Lilly said the frightening experience could have been fatal and urged drivers to secure any loose items in their trailers.

“It could’ve killed someone,” he said.

“If there had been someone on a motorbike, or a scooter or something like that, it would have killed them.

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“He just didn’t care. He must have noticed. If something like that is dropping out the back of your car, you would notice.”

Mr Lilly said he was left to pay for the incident he was not at fault for.

“The damage, the excess is going to cost me $500, which I can’t afford,” he said.

“You can’t expect these things, and you can’t budget for them either.”


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