Lad survives car-splitting wreck
Ashley Locker from Scarborough, North Yorkshire smashed his silver MG ZR hatchback into the tree in a side-on collision that completely destroyed the car.
However, the lucky driver emerged from the wreckage with just a broken arm, after being cut free by firefighters.
Speaking to The Mirror, Ashley's mum Gill, said: "We felt sick when we saw the pictures of the car. He was very lucky. He is happy to still be here.
"He was not trapped for very long. He had been flung into the back seat – but his seat belt was still on."
It is not currently known how the accident occurred, or how fast Mr Locker was driving at the time.
However, the force of the impact was such that the car was cleaved nearly in two and the driver's seat was snapped in half, sending the youngster flying into the back seats.
Paramedics credited Mr Locker's large 6' 3" 18-stone build with his survival in a crash that they expected no one to be able to walk away from.
Mr Locker spent just one night in hospital, having a plate fitted to his broken arm and stitches applied to a wound in his foot.
The young lad later admitted on Facebook that he may well be the "luckiest person alive".