'Huge bang' as driver forces moped off road before driving £35k car into flat

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A driver slammed his Mercedes into the front of a mansion block after ramming a moped rider off the road, witnesses said today.

The biker, 21, survived by a “miracle” after his bike careered across the pavement and crashed through wrought-iron railings.

The brand new £35,000 saloon smashed the front windows of a basement flat and came to a halt with its engine still running, dangling over the lightwell at a right-angle to the street.

Police are questioning the 20-year-old driver, who was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and dangerous driving.

The moped rider was taken to hospital, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. 

Officers were called to the address in Kensington at 1.30pm on Wednesday.

May Quek, 74, who lives in the basement flat, was at the opera when the crash happened. She returned home to find her lounge windows had been shattered.

She said: “It’s just a shock, I came back and said, ‘Oh my God’. I need to get a cleaner, there’s so much glass all over the floor. Luckily it didn’t come through the window properly.”

A neighbour said: “I was having lunch when I heard a huge bang, it was quite something. At first I thought it was the builders but the noise was going on too long. I looked outside and saw some people running away. 

“The car’s engine was still running as it was stuck in the railings.

Another neighbour added: “It’s a huge shock, the car went through the railings and the motorbike was just mangled. I’ve no idea how the rider survived. Thank God it sounds like he’s going to be ok.”

The smash happened yards from the secluded mansion where Freddie Mercury lived until his death in 1991. A Met spokesman said: “Police were called to reports of a collision between a car and moped. 

“Officers attended the scene and arrested the driver of the car, a man aged 20, on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and dangerous driving. 

“The moped driver, a 21-year-old man was taken by LAS [London Ambulance Service] to a west London hospital with non-life threatening injuries.”

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