Owners survey damage to home

A Kentwood couple known for their immaculate yard are now being noticed for their smashed-in garage.

A front yard tire track was left by a fleeing vehicle after it struck 73 Kilburn Crescent Wednesday night.

A Kentwood couple known for their immaculate yard are now being noticed for their smashed-in garage.

An emotional Deana Gillies, who usually keeps a neat lawn festooned with flowers, was trying to come to grips on Thursday with her damaged house exterior and torn up grass.

A speeding motorist had plowed into the attached garage of the Red Deer home owned by Gillies and her husband Brian Kolari on Wednesday night, then attempted to flee.

This is the second brush with crime for Kolari, since the Red Deer man had his car stolen from his workplace last week. While he’s taking the two incidents in stride, saying “We can fix the house, get another car” — Gillies feared a third stoke of bad luck.

“This is our dream home. . . For somebody to come along, whether they are intoxicated or drug-induced or whatever, and rip away what we’ve worked for is hard,” said Gillies, who was home alone when she heard the big bang.

A vehicle had gone through the curve in Kilburne Cres. and into the yard at about 9 p.m. The car broke flower pots and smashed into a column between the two garage doors, pushing it in. Witnesses reported the motorist then reversed his vehicle, tearing up Gillies’s grass and hedge, before driving away across some lawns.

Two young men who’d been visiting on the crescent are “heroes” for following the fleeing motorist and contacting police, said Gillies.

“I found out how good my neighbours are,” added the homeowner, who received many supportive visits. She and Kolari are thankful no one was hurt.

They filed an insurance claim for what could be $50,000 of damage.


Just Posted

Sunny weather improves farmers’ prospects

A harvester kicking up dust. It’s a picture that will bring a… Continue reading

Rural transit pilot project being considered

Penhold, Innisfail and Red Deer County councils to decide whether to go ahead with project

Red Deer fire station up for sale

Home sweet home at Fire Station 4

Most surveyed Innisfail residents give urban chickens the thumbs up

Town of Innisfail will discuss whether to allow backyard chickens on Monday

‘Mom I’m in trouble:’ Canadian, Brit face 10 years in jail for alleged graffiti

GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. — The mother of a Canadian who was arrested… Continue reading

Coyote on the prowl near Penhold

This coyote was out on the prowl in a field just west… Continue reading

Sky’s the limit as Calgary opens testing area for drones and new technologies

CALGARY — The sky’s the limit as the city of Calgary opens… Continue reading

Hi Mickey, ‘Bye Mickey: 6 Disney parks on 2 coasts in 1 day

ORLANDO, Fla. — Heather and Clark Ensminger breathed sighs of relief when… Continue reading

Court weighs ‘Apprentice’ hopeful’s suit versus Trump

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump’s lawyers hope to persuade an appeals… Continue reading

StarKist admits fixing tuna prices, faces $100 million fine

SAN FRANCISCO — StarKist Co. agreed to plead guilty to a felony… Continue reading

Annual pace of inflation slows to 2.2 per cent in September: Statistics Canada

OTTAWA — The annual pace of inflation slowed more than expected in… Continue reading

Jury finds Calgary couple guilty in 2013 death of toddler son

CALGARY — A jury has convicted a Calgary couple in the death… Continue reading

Most Read