Car missed me by inches after it 'killed pedestrian & cyclist in deadly rampage' before crashing into my Coventry home | The Sun

A HOMEOWNER has told how he is "lucky to be alive" after a driver who killed a pedestrian and cyclist ploughed into his house.

Barry Dean, 76, was watching Match of the Day yesterday morning when the vehicle smashed through his wall.

The driver, 33, was arrested on suspicion of murder after a pedestrian, 44, and cyclist, 47, died.

The cyclist who died was named in tributes as Joel.

Floral arrangements left at the scene read: "There is an extra bright star in the sky tonight. May you shine brightly and watch over your beautiful children always.

"Taken too soon in such tragic circumstances.

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"You were a good man who cared for all."

Another read: "I love you so much. You were the best husband, best father, best brother. The best friend to everyone."

Barry has now been left with gaping holes in the front and side of his dream home.

But the retired builder told The Sun Online he is just thankful he wasn't hurt in the chaos.

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Barry added: "When police told me the driver had allegedly killed two other people just minutes before, I thought: ‘Blimey! I’m lucky to be alive'.

“My damage is only bricks and mortar, it can be rebuilt. Life can’t.”

The dad-of-three and wife Angela, 74, now fear they will need to move out of their dream home.

They are waiting for loss adjusters from his insurance company to survey the damage.

Barry said:,”There’s gaping holes and cracks and oil spillage all over the drive.

"The electrics and gas have been turned off so we have no utilities.

"It will have to be rebuilt but not by me. I’ve given up that job."

Wife Angela, who was at a car boot sale at the time, said she arrived home to find the road sealed off by police.

She added: "It is all very upsetting and distressing.”

Officers were called to Gosford Street yesterday after the 44-year-old pedestrian was hit by a car.

The car then ploughed into a cyclist a 10-minute drive away on Woodway Lane.

Both died from their injuries shortly after the horror.

A third person was treated for injuries which are not life threatening.

Police confirmed the car then smashed into the brick wall of a house in Beckbury Road.

The force confirmed they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the collisions.

They also said the horror is not being treated as terror-related and the suspect has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

Superintendent Ronan Tyrer said: "We have now informed the families of all those involved in today's tragic incidents and our thoughts remain firmly with them at this truly devastating time.

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"We are still in the very early stages of our investigations and we have several scenes across Coventry which also means that some roads will be closed for a considerable time."

Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting log number 854 3/9/23.

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