Inches from death: Car ploughs into house just missing dad and daughter

The inside of Ashraf Abdalkader's flat on St Phillip's Road, Netherthorpe, Sheffield, after car crashed through the front.
The inside of Ashraf Abdalkader's flat on St Phillip's Road, Netherthorpe, Sheffield, after car crashed through the front.
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A FATHER and his daughter had an amazing escape when an out-of-control car ploughed into their living room - missing them both by just inches.

Ashraf Abdalkader, aged 37, of St Phillip’s Road, Netherthorpe, Sheffield, was sitting on his sofa and his four-year-old daughter Sharifa was lying on the floor watching TV when the car careered into their flat and crashed through the wall.

The outside of Ashraf Abdalkader's flat on St Phillip's Road, Netherthorpe, Sheffield, after car crashed through the front.

The outside of Ashraf Abdalkader's flat on St Phillip's Road, Netherthorpe, Sheffield, after car crashed through the front.

The black Renault car had mounted a grass verge and hurtled across a patio outside the ground floor flat before bouncing backwards through the front window and coming to a halt inside the lounge.

The window frame and shards of glass were sent slicing through the air - leaving Sheffield University student Ashraf covered in cuts, but little Sharifa miraculously unscathed.

Ashraf, who is studying for a PhD in civil engineering, said the room was filled with clouds of dust and debris and he feared for the safety of his young daughter.

“I still can’t believe how lucky we were not to have been seriously hurt,” he told The Star today.

“I heard something outside moments before and had just turned my head towards the window when the car came crashing in.

“I couldn’t see anything because of the dust and glass flying everywhere, and I couldn’t take in what was happening - all I could think about was my daughter and where she was.

“There was glass everywhere and a cloud of dust, and then I saw Sharifa looking at me - she was shocked and crying and she could see the blood on my face.

“When the police came she kept saying, ‘My dad, my dad’, because she was very frightened.”

Helpless passers-by watched in shock as the car ran out of control and crashed into the flat.

Jamie Hobkirk, who was driving through the area in his work van, told The Star: “I had swerved to avoid the car at a speed bump.

“Then it went over a grass verge, hit a pillar outside the flats, and spun around before crashing into the apartment.

“I jumped out of my van and tried to phone an ambulance as quickly as possible.”

The driver of the car, a woman in her 40s, and her passenger were taken to hospital but neither was seriously injured.

Ashraf and Sharifa were checked by paramedics at the scene but did not need hospital treatment.

The flat - which Ashraf also shares with wife Asma, their two-year-old daughter Rana, and their five-month-old son Fadlalla - has been boarded up while the landlord arranges repairs, since the accident earlier this month.

“It is just luck that Asma and the other two children were out because normally we would all have been in the lounge together,” Ashraf said.

“If anyone had been in front of the window this could have been really serious.

“I can’t sleep well for thinking about it, and my daughter is having nightmares about the blood she saw.”

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “The driver of a black Renault car is believed to have lost control of the vehicle as she was travelling downhill towards Infirmary Road.

“The car left the road and collided with the front of a property, causing damage to the living room.

“Enquiries into the cause continue.”