Elderly motorist drives car through flower show after losing control

Elderly motorist drives car through flower show after losing control

An elderly woman ploughed her car through a packed marquee during a village flower show after taping instructions on ‘how to drive’ to her dashboard.

Dozens of fete-goers were forced to jump for their lives when the blue Toyota RAV4 automatic careered through the main marque and collided with a stage.

The woman who crashed her car into the flower show marquee was Marilyn Fountaine, 80, a jewellery designer who sells her wares at local craft fairs and lives in a farmhouse at Great Bircham, Norfolk.

Her daughter Auriole Fountaine, 42, said at her mother’s home: ‘I am sorry we are not talking to anyone – absolutely not. There is absolutely no comment whatsoever.’  

Paramedics tend to an injured man on the floor after the blue Toyota RAV4 (right) careered through crowds at the flower show

The note that was found inside the vehicle, which read: ‘Key in ignition. Foot on brake. Start engine. Gear Lever into D. Foot off brake.’

Miraculously no one was seriously injured during the incident at the Burnham Market flower show in Norfolk on Saturday.

However organisers were stunned to find the handwritten note taped to the vehicles dashboard after making sure the unnamed, elderly driver was okay.  

The note read: ‘Key in ignition. Foot on brake. Start engine. Gear Lever into D. Foot off brake.’

It is believed the elderly woman behind the wheel lost control after putting her foot on the accelerator instead of the break. 

Treasurer Laurence Rubin, 71, who was thrown from his chair by the car, said he is ‘lucky to be alive’ after the crash ‘knocked’ him out. 

Laurence, from London, said: ‘I was sitting in the marquee and suddenly I became aware that I’d been hit and things kept falling on top of me.

‘I woke up, which makes me believe I was knocked out, to see people around me and the ambulance had been called.

The damaged front of the car after the incident, which sent fete-goers diving for cover as it ploughed through crowds

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