Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

DUP councillor crashes into Axa Insurance shop in Larne

A car, surrounded by broken glass, sits in the front of the Axa Insurance shop on Larne Main Street after Bobby McKee (inset) crashed through the front window

A DUP councillor has escaped without injury after he drove into an insurance shop in Larne.

Former mayor of the town Bobby McKee reversed his automatic Kia through the front window of Axa Insurance on the town’s Main Street.

The 69-year-old, who has two artificial legs, said one of his limbs became jammed between the accelerator and brake.

“I was reversing at the time, I broke the handbrake trying to stop,” he said.

Shocked shoppers ran for cover as the huge window of the shop came crashing down.

Mr McKee, a council member for 25 years, said: “I am just thankful no one was injured.”

But while he and his wife Elizabeth, who was also in the car, were shaken up, he could also see the funny side.

“Of all the places to crash into — a car insurance room,” he quipped. “And on Main Street, it could hardly be more high-profile.

“But will it affect my election prospects — is there any such thing as bad publicity?”

He admitted it could affect one of his policies — his insurance policy.

The veteran politician immediately apologised to office staff. No one was available for comment in the Axa office afterwards.

Mr McKee lost both legs in a car bomb 36 years ago and last year fell, breaking his femur.

“I was recovering from that and it has been a difficult year — but this has put the tin hat on it,” he said.

The former mayor said he and his wife did not go to hospital.

“I am thankful to God that everyone is all right but I suppose it is not going to help my premium,” he added.

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