May 7, 2019 7:57 am
Updated: May 7, 2019 11:34 am

Man dead after vehicle crashes into tree on Clarke Road

A heavily damaged Mini Cooper is seen resting against a tree, up on the curb following a serious crash Tuesday morning.

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A 28-year-old man is dead after crash Tuesday morning that ended with a small car smashing into a tree on the boulevard of a Clarke Road home.

Emergency crews responded to the scene, just north of Dundas Street, around 6:20 a.m.

“My husband woke up, and he was like ‘did you just hear that bang?'” explained Tammy Dennett.

“So I got up out of my bed and looked out my bedroom window, and said ‘oh my god, someone just hit a tree.'”

Wally Dennett and their adult son, Terry, went outside to check on the driver.

“[We] tried to see if we could get any response out of him, and there was no response,” said Wally.

A heavily damaged black Mini Cooper remained on their front lawn around 8:30 a.m., as London police’s traffic reconstruction unit took measurements off the scene.

Police had blocked off a wide stretch of sidewalk, extending from just north of a corner gas station all the way to a construction area where Clarke Road intersects with Avalon Road.

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Tammy Dennett says someone else, who almost struck the vehicle, called 911, and that the passenger side door had to be cut open to extricate the driver.

“I’m a little shaken,” she said.

London police have reopened Clarke Road between Dundas Street and Avalon Street. In a separate incident, police say a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle at the Dundas Street and Clarke Road intersection shortly before 8 a.m., and was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

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