Man escapes injury after car windscreen hit with brick in Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 09:23 14 September 2012

Lol Stanbrook pictured with damage to his car

Lol Stanbrook pictured with damage to his car


A pensioner has spoken of the terrifying moment a brick flew off the back of a truck and smashed into his car windscreen.

Lol Stambrook said he was driving behind the truck in Rainham Road South, Dagenham on Wednesday morning when he saw the brick fall of the vehicle, fly through the air and hit the windscreen of his Ford Escort.

The 71-year-old was left covered in fragments of glass but escaped unhurt.

Noticing that the truck failed to stop he beeped his horn, but the man behind the wheel continued driving, Mr Stambrook explained.

“I decided to pursue him in the car and had to look around the side of the broken glass to see through the windscreen.

“It was only when he pulled into a yard sometime later that he stopped. He told me he hadn’t seen me behind.”

Mr Stambrook, of Alma Avenue, Hornchurch, said seeing the brick fly towards him was “very frightening”.

He added: “It actually smashed into the driver’s side, so I was really lucky it wasn’t any worse. The glass could have cut me or I could have crashed the car. Thankfully I was fine, just a little shaken.”

Mr Stambrook contacted police but decided not to push for criminal charges. He said the windscreen would have to be completely replaced and is in talks with the company who own the truck about covering repair costs.

A police spokeswoman confirmed they had received a call from the pensioner.

She added: “We were advised by the caller that both parties had exchanged details for insurance purposes and that no criminal allegations were being made.”

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