Councillor seriously hurt in freak accident

The scene of the crash on the Oxford Road in Stone
The scene of the crash on the Oxford Road in Stone

A parish councillor remains in hospital after being hit by his own car in a freak accident outside his home.

George Lamb, 73, was airlifted to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford after being struck by his own vehicle in the incident on the A41 in Stone on Saturday.

The popular pillar of the community was due to be brought out of an induced coma yesterday afternoon with his wife Joan by his side.

The crash happened just after 1.30pm when a black Peugeot 508 travelling along the Oxford Road careered into Mr Lamb’s stationary red Citroen C3, parked outside his house.

The Citroen was pushed onto the pavement, hitting the house and Mr Lamb, knocking him unconscious.

He remains in hospital and his condition is described as critical but stable.

Neighbours rushed to help and say they believe Mr Lamb was loading or unloading items between the car and the house at the time of the incident.

Paul Crouch, who has lived in the village for over 30 years said: “I was at home at the time and the first thing I heard was a loud bang followed by what sounded like somebody howling.

“When I went over to see what happened I saw a key in the door so he could have been moving items between the car and the house.”

Mr Lamb, who chaired the Stone with Bishopstone and Hartwell Parish Council for ten years and still sits on the council has been described as a ‘very nice man’ by fellow councillors and parishioners.

Stone resident Chloe Lambert said: “The whole of Stone is in shock at the news about George.

“George and Joan are a lovely couple and we are all praying that he makes a full recovery.

“Prayers were said for him at the church service in Stone on Sunday and everyone was thinking of him at the Father’s Day lunch.

“I have spoken to Joan and she is very grateful for all the support the community has shown.”

Stone parish councillor Brian Rogers said: “George is a very nice and very knowledgeable man and he has so many other admirable qualities.

“I am very shocked by the news and I hope he makes a full recovery.”

Fellow parish councillor Carole Fryer, who has served for more than 15 years said: “George is a very calm man who is good at diffusing problems.

“He is also a very active member of the church and he is known by everybody there.

“We are all very concerned about him and our thoughts and prayers are with him and Joan at this very difficult time.”

A profile of Mr Lamb on the parish council’s website describes him as being “enthusiastic about history, very recalcitrant with modern technology and a very incompetent allotment holder.”

Three other people were taken to Stoke Mandeville Hospital following the accident.

Two people suffered back injuries and one had chest injuries.

A 52-year-old man from Dumfriesshire was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving causing serious injury.

He was bailed until August 16 at Aylesbury police station.

Anyone with information about the collision is asked to contact Thames Valley Police on 101.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.