FIVE teenagers were inches from death when a car lost control and ploughed into a young couple standing on a grass verge.
Nineteen-year-old David Bromley is now fighting for his life with ‘critical’ head injuries.
His girlfriend Heather Bennett, 18, was less seriously injured and recovered sufficiently to be interviewed by police yesterday.
The horror unfolded outside the Kwik Fit garage off Newport Pagnell’s Marsh End Road just before rush hour on Monday.
An eye witness has described how the driver appeared to lose control after overtaking.
She saw the car veer on to the wrong side of the road, crash into the young couple then smash into the wall at Kwik Fit before spinning across the street.
David was thrown over the bonnet and landed about 50 feet away, she said.
Just a few yards away five or six young Ousedale students were about to cross the pedestrian crossing.
“They saw the whole thing and are now helping police,” said a source.
“A split second later and they too could have been killed or seriously injured.”
First on the scene to help were heroes from Kwik Fit, fitters Chris Hughes and Gary Copland and Lee Gallagher, the centre manager.
Chris said: “We heard a massive crash and rushed out.
“At first we saw the wall had been damaged, but when we looked over it we saw a girl lying on the pavement and a boy face down in the middle of the road further up.
“Gary ran to call the emergency services and I went to get some coats to keep them both warm and help the girl.
“Lee went to see how he could help the boy who was in the worst condition. “
Crucially the Kwik Fit crew comforted David, who was drifting in and out of consciousness, and stopped him moving – which could have worsened his head injuries.
Said Chris: “I think we did what anyone would do in those circumstances, and all our thoughts and prayers are with them for a full recovery.”
Former Shenley school pupil David is in intensive care at Oxford’s John Radcliffe hospital.
His mother, a teaching assistant at Shenley Brook End’s Long Meadow School, is at his bedside.
Heather, a former Ousedale pupil, works for the Co-op.
Police are appealing urgently for witnesses to contact them on 0845 8 505 505.