HORRIFIED driver Cheryl Rowe was left helpless as her empty car smashed through her neighbours’ fence and fell 20ft into their garden.
She had parked the new Vauxhall Corsa on the drive of her home at Rastrick before going inside.
Mrs Rowe, 37, said she was in the bathroom when she heard a bang.
“I thought it was from building works that were being done down the road,” she said.
“Then I heard my neighbour shouting my name.
“I came outside to find the car had rolled down the drive, through their fence and had dropped into their garden.”
Mrs Rowe contacted the Examiner after reading about Anthony Burley.
Mr Burley, of Ravensthorpe, had had repeated problems with the handbrake on his Vauxhall Vectra.
Mrs Rowe said her car had already rolled away once – but was stopped from doing serious damage by her gate.
She said: “The first time I presumed it was my fault and I hadn’t put the brake on properly.
“But after that every time I parked I made sure the handbrake was fully on.
“I was distraught when it happened the second time.
“All sorts of things go through your head. I’ve got two kids and they could have been in the car.
“It could have rolled out and hit another child.
“It has made a mess of my neighbours’ garden, but at least no-one was hurt.”
An engineer who checked the car said there was no mechanical fault.
A Vauxhall spokesman added: “We have no record at all of any issues with Corsa handbrakes.
“It’s not related to the Vectra issue because it’s a completely different mechanism, so there’s no link.”