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Car slams into Thornlie house
Pat McCarthy in her destroyed kitchen. Picture: Simon Santi/The West Australian

A Thornlie great-grandmother is picking through what remains of her kitchen after a car slammed through her kitchen, moments after she had left the room.

The Hyundai sedan crossed a median strip on Spencer Road about 7.15pm last night and crashed through a side fence of one property before going through 72-year-old Pat McCarthy’s back fence, demolishing a semi-enclosure and slamming into her kitchen.

Ms McCarthy was only metres away in the front living area watching television with her daughter.

"I heard a little bang and then an almighty bang, like a bomb had gone off," she said.

Mrs McCarthy is determined to remain living at her home, but fears the damage bill may exceed $100,000.

"It's disgraceful, someone has to pay for it," she said.

"I shouldn't be liable, my insurance shouldn't be liable."

SES personnel erected temporary bracings to support the ruined back wall this morning.

"My daughter sleeps out in the sun room when she stays here, so if it had happened a couple of hours later she'd be dead under all that rubble," Mrs McCarthy said.

"We'd only just finished renovations, and now this happens. It's horrible."

Neighbours dropped in throughout the morning to offer Mrs McCarthy their support.

"I look after my two great grandsons, I want to stay here," she said.

A 63-year-old Huntingdale man was charged with driving with an alcohol level exceeding 0.05.

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