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Car slides into Penticton backyard

Mike and Sharon Pearce were sitting in their Penticton living room watching the news on New Year's Eve when Sharon heard a funny noise outside.

After hearing a second noise, Mike, a former mayor of Penticton, walked on to the porch of their Holden Road home and saw two young women standing under it and a car in his backyard.

"The first thing I felt was disbelief and then I kind of went into shock," said Sharon. "I was mostly relieved no one was hurt."

The couple invited the shaken and bruised women inside and helped them empty out their car, before paramedics arrived and transported them to Penticton Regional Hospital.

Because Wednesday was a holiday, they had to wait until today (Thursday) to get the car towed by Penticton Towing and Recovery.

"It was a creepy feeling," said Sharon. "And an ordeal getting it towed out."

Daryl Phipps, the father of the women, Kayly Phipps, 21, and Megan Phipps, 19, was at the scene Thursday.

He said his daughters were driving on Carmi Road between 5 and 5:30 p.m. on New Year's Eve, when the car slid off the icy road and came down backwards into the backyard.

Phipps was in Princeton working at the time when he got a text message saying, "Kayly and Megan totalled their car and are in an ambulance on their way to hospital." 

Fortunately, his girls were okay, and after being released from hospital, they went to their New Year's Eve party. The Hyundai Accent did not fare as well. Phipps said the car was totalled.

As for Sharon and Mike Pearce, they are new to the neighbourhood and have never experienced anything like this before.

Another resident of Holden Road, said other vehicles have gone off Carmi Road and ended up in their backyard.


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