Published: 18:21, 23 May 2021
| Updated: 14:49, 25 May 2021
A video has captured a driver's disastrous attempt at parking - as they smash into two cars outside a KFC restaurant.
The incident happened in Margate High Street at 12.25pm on Friday.
CCTV footage shows the driver of a silver Skoda estate attempt to parallel park between two other cars, outside the fast-food joint.
But the calamitous episode instead sees it mount the pavement, before pausing and then appearing to accelerate into a red hatchback parked in front, shunting it forwards.
The silver car then reverses while swinging out into the road, so its left-hand side smashes into a black Vauxhall Astra parked behind it.
The driver then appears to have another stab at lining up with the kerb.
People walking by turn to look, as the car judders and jolts and seems to mount the pavement again.
The car pauses for a moment - having apparently at last arrived within its chosen bay, albeit at an angle.
But the driver then mounts the kerb again before reversing, pulling out of the space, and driving away.
Footage of the bizarre incident was captured by Lisa Berry, who lives nearby and owns the black Vauxhall Astra - which has been left with significant scratches.
It is not the first time her car has been hit while parked there.
Just last week, the Vauxhall was repainted and fitted with a brand-new bumper and grills, after it was smashed into in the very same spot three weeks ago.
"It cost well over £1,000 last time," said Miss Berry. "Then my car before this one got written off in the same place."
Miss Berry says she does not know how much the damage will cost to repair this time, but has expressed her gratitude to a passer-by who witnessed Friday's incident and managed to capture the number plate of the silver car before it sped away.
The incident has been reported to the police, who are working to trace the driver.
A spokesman said: "Kent Police was contacted on Friday, May 21 and it was reported that, at around 12.25pm that day, a car had collided with two parked vehicles in Margate High Street. No injuries were reported.
"Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances and locate the driver."