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The Luckiest Boy in the World

Earlier today there was a bit of an incident down on my local beach. A small boy got into the family car which was parked on a reasonably steep street across the road from the beach and managed to release the handbrake and knock this brand new Lexus wagon out of gear. The car rather predictably then took off down the street and rolled right out into the busy main road, over the gutter and down another steep driveway then crashed through two fences and go straight over a sheer eight metre cliff straight on to the sands below. The small boy managed to avoid all traffic and pedestrians and steered the car perfectly down the second long narrow driveway and then leapt from the car just seconds before it went airborne over the cliff escaping with a few cuts and bruises. Not such happy news for the car though… that was comprehesively totalled…..
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This is the street the car had been parked on about 100 metres up the road in a driveway… if you look carefully you can see the tire marks…
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directly across the busy busy Lawrence Hargrave Drive the car barrelled across was this narrow and steep private driveway and the little lad managed to get the car straight down this before it veered to the right and plowed straight through the two fences….once again if you look really closely you can see the tire marks…
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another view of the second driveway with it’s now tastefully displaced fencing…
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and this is where it ended up much to the consernation and general amazment of the local wet ones…
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yep that’s some ding in the duco…..
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a better view of the cliff it came down….and this is a really small sort of cliff for around these parts… phew !
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fortunately the NRMA will give you a free tow if your car becomes incapacitated although this may have been somewhat streching the friendship a tad…
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the fella’s had to try a few types of chains and things before getting it hitched up to this nifty little tow truck and my goodness lucky it was low tide is all I can say…..
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but soon enough the car was hitched and the Lexus was ready for it’s final inglorious tow up the beach to the dead car place…..
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but have a look at what that bounce down the cliff did to it… can you imagine the fate of the child if he hadn’t have leapt out the open window as the car got to the cliff….
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the fire brigade came to give a bit of assistance too and a passing council worker stopped and stood about with his arms crossed looking inscrutable in his fluro jacket which gave the whole scene the perfect gravitas….and so it all went pretty soothly from that point on…
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at breakfast this was a brand new car the apple of this families eye… by morning tea it was toast….
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and off it goes for a slow and scenic beach trip behind the terriffic little tow truck…
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so what I’m thinking is that this little boy was unbelievably lucky in many many ways… however I’m also thinking that the insurance company may not be too impressed with the concept of shelling out the bones to replace this shiny and very expensive new car…. which could lead to the little lad being put up for rehoming on ebay fairly soon in order to recoup some of the costs involved in this escapde… or maybe being grounded till he’s about eighty and has paid of the staggering debt his folks now have…. luck hey it comes in all sort sof manifestations …..

here is a link to the newspaper story in the Sydney Morning Herald for the full details

and there is an updated version of the story here

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