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Unaccompanied learner crashes through window

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August 05, 2017

Damaged: A Madec window was broken when a learner driver struck it on Friday.

A learner driver was left shaken and crying after her car went through a Shepparton business’s window yesterday.

A large crowd watched on as police and other emergency services worked to control the area at Sobraon St, between Maude and Wyndham Sts.

Shepparton police Highway Patrol First Constable Mathew Farren said the car went into a Madec window about 2.20pm when a woman, 18, was trying to turn off Wyndham St onto Sobraon St.

‘‘She has over corrected on the corner and turned in wet weather conditions,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s not a mechanical fault of the vehicle, just inexperience in relation to it.’’

Fortunately there were no injuries to anyone inside the Madec building or to the driver.

Madec area manager Milena Millar said two staff members were sitting next to the window, which was smashed after the car went through it, but they were not hurt.

‘‘We heard the bang from upstairs and all the staff started to panic and we all evacuated,’’ she said.

Ms Millar said all 15 of her employees left the building and she was relieved not one was injured.

‘‘Windows are replaceable, staff aren’t,’’ she said.

First Const Farren said the woman driving the car was unaccompanied by a licence driver, but had been cleared of having drugs and alcohol in her system.

‘‘Obviously you’ve got be wary in wet conditions and, obviously if you’re a learner driver, you shouldn’t be driving a vehicle without an experienced driver,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a good reminder for learner drivers that they don’t have the ability to drive especially in weather conditions when things get difficult.’’

First Const Farren said police would be following up with the driver in relation to charges.

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