NHS worker almost killed when own car smashed into house as she watched Love Island

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An NHS worker was almost killed by her own car when a hit-and-run driver lost control – sending her vehicle flying into her living room.

Rhia Brindley, 24, was enjoying an episode of Love Island on Monday when the stolen Toyota Corolla hit her vehicle.

Her car was ploughed into with such force it was shunted through the front of her house – finishing inches from where she was sitting.

Dramatic pictures show the extent of the damage caused to Rhia’s home in Clifton, Nottingham.

The admin manager said: “I was winding down and watching the TV with the dog when all of a sudden the house shook and the TV was knocked to the floor.

“I didn’t know what to think and because of the shock I didn’t realise what had happened at the time.

“Once I got over the initial shock I realised that the front of my car was in my living room.

“My parents are away on holiday and my brother was working nights so it was just me and the dog in at the time.

“I went outside and saw my neighbours had gathered around the front of my house.

“People told me that a man had run away from a car that he had used to crash into mine.

“I was told by police when they arrived that if I was sat where I usually sit to watch TV I’d have been in hospital critically injured or dead.”

When officers arrived they discovered the car which struck Rhia’s was a Toyota Corolla which had been stolen on July 27.

Rhia, who works at the Queen’s Medical Centre, added: “My neighbours told me that someone had been driving recklessly earlier on and we put two and two together thinking that whoever crashed into my car must have been them.

“I just think whoever did this is careless. They’ve fled the scene not realising that they could have killed somebody.

“It could have been more than just me, what if a child was playing in the street or an elderly person was walking down the road? The fact that they have just upped and left is awful.

“It is traumatising that you can be sat in your living room then all of a sudden something like this can happen.”

Nottinghamshire Police is now hunting the hit-and-run driver.

Inspector Kate Savage said: “This dangerous and reckless act could have had far more serious consequences for Rhia.

“The fact that she was left unharmed is a miracle and I can only imagine how shaken she is by what has happened.

“We will be investigating this incident thoroughly with a view to putting the person responsible before the court at the earliest opportunity.

“Dangerous driving costs lives and it is totally unacceptable and cowardly that someone would do this and then run away.”