Morden male model "psychologically shattered" after crashing into house in Banstead, mums says

The wreckage after the crash in Higher Drive, Banstead, in July

The wreckage after the crash in Higher Drive, Banstead, in July

First published in News Wimbledon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A high-flying male model has been "psychologically shattered" after ploughing his sports car into a house at 80mph, according to his mum.

Storm Burger, 21, crashed his Audi A3 Quattro into the house while driving down a residential road, Higher Drive in Banstead, last July - just days before a potential big break in Ibiza.

Last month Burger received a two-year driving ban and £3,300-fine after pleading guilty to dangerous driving and driving without insurance at Guildford Crown Court.

At his family home in Garendon Gardens, Morden, on Wednesday his mother Jenny Burger, 48, said although he escaped with relatively minor injuries, he has been traumatised by the crash.

Her eyes filling with tears, Ms Burger said: "He really took a dive. It didn’t just break him in two places, it shattered him psychologically. I feel I lost him in this car accident.

"I know it will get better but I’ve still got all this ongoing therapy because it’s blown my head so badly and it’s caused such a wedge between us because he is so mentally damaged by everything."

Wimbledon Guardian:

After the crash, she said he did not board a plane for a job in Ibiza a few days later, which could have been his big break, and since then he has been at home a lot unable to work.

She said: "The shock from the day he had the accident has taken him nine months and he has still got a long way to get over this.

"It really affected him dramatically, especially emotionally and psychologically.

"We have been nine months going through this so it’s been very traumatic for him and it’s done a lot of psychological damage. We have had the court case now, so it’s finished."

She described her son as a popular "city boy" who had worked in the modelling industry and at expensive clubs. He is currently staying with friends up in London.

Wimbledon Guardian:

She said: "He’s a very smart, charismatic and charming boy, but he’s taken a big knock. 

"He’s very much a lady’s man, impeccable, he’s known to do everything for everybody, he’s known for his solidarity among his mates. He’s the best friend that you could ever find."

Firefighters cut Burger and his friend, a passenger, from the wreckage after the crash at about 7.15am on Friday, July 26.

The car was mangled in the crash that caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to the house and another car.

Ms Burger said her son suffered head trauma as well as injuring his jaw, fingers, collar bone, pelvis, ribs and foot while the passenger broke his nose and injured his ribs.

Wimbledon Guardian:

The homeowner inspects the damage on the morning of the crash

She said: "I think we have been blessed considering what happened to him and how badly things could have panned out.

"I think the universe has been really good to us. The medical services were fantastic."

Of the verdict, she said: "I was very pleased and very, very grateful he had the judge he did. He could see Storm was a good boy, he was empathetic but he was also very firm - make no mistake."

Ms Burger, from South Africa, had her son in Cape Town and moved to Morden 18 years ago.

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11:47am Thu 1 May 14

Crease2000 says...

Did she also say why he didn't have insurance?
Did she also say why he didn't have insurance? Crease2000
  • Score: 41

12:29pm Thu 1 May 14

CPN says...

And where is the expression of sympathy for the home owners? Or an acknowledgement that 80 mph in a 30 mph area is not acceptable and it was entirely his fault? This is all about the person (poor Storm) who caused the damage both to others and also to himself
And where is the expression of sympathy for the home owners? Or an acknowledgement that 80 mph in a 30 mph area is not acceptable and it was entirely his fault? This is all about the person (poor Storm) who caused the damage both to others and also to himself CPN
  • Score: 51

12:36pm Thu 1 May 14

Mr Flange of Wallington says...

Boo hoo.

A tough lesson for such a bright boy. Perhaps he'll learn from his selfish actions.
Boo hoo. A tough lesson for such a bright boy. Perhaps he'll learn from his selfish actions. Mr Flange of Wallington
  • Score: 29

12:51pm Thu 1 May 14

TOPHOUSE1 says...

A right tosser who could have killed someone,I would lock him up and throw away the key.
A right tosser who could have killed someone,I would lock him up and throw away the key. TOPHOUSE1
  • Score: 52

12:58pm Thu 1 May 14

AlexTB says...

I DO NOT feel at all sorry for him. His Mum needs to get a grip.

Where are her sympathies with those who have are worse off than her pathetic excuse for a human being son.

Those who deserve sympathy are the homeowners.

Storm deserves NOTHING, and he only has himself to blame for the way he feels and not getting his "big break".
I DO NOT feel at all sorry for him. His Mum needs to get a grip. Where are her sympathies with those who have are worse off than her pathetic excuse for a human being son. Those who deserve sympathy are the homeowners. Storm deserves NOTHING, and he only has himself to blame for the way he feels and not getting his "big break". AlexTB
  • Score: 58

1:17pm Thu 1 May 14

missfeline says...

Oh puh-lease!! High flying model? Who is the guy? He certainly doesnt show up in a google search(only pics of the spoiled brat's smashed-up car do) He is just lucky he didnt kill anyone. Hopefully this was a wake-up call to him and his whining mother. IT WAS HIS FAULT! He was driving recklessly, no insurance etc etc etc. What a waste of resources- emergency services,ambulance,N
HS and so on. He only has himself to blame . The only sympathy I have is for those poor homeowners.
Oh puh-lease!! High flying model? Who is the guy? He certainly doesnt show up in a google search(only pics of the spoiled brat's smashed-up car do) He is just lucky he didnt kill anyone. Hopefully this was a wake-up call to him and his whining mother. IT WAS HIS FAULT! He was driving recklessly, no insurance etc etc etc. What a waste of resources- emergency services,ambulance,N HS and so on. He only has himself to blame . The only sympathy I have is for those poor homeowners. missfeline
  • Score: 54

2:33pm Thu 1 May 14

theresa7475 says...

Who cares!!!!!!!!!!!
I can imagine the home owners felt pretty traumatic!
80mph! He is lucky that he didnt kill someone. Stupid idiot, he'll get no sympathy off those of us that work bloody hard and pay our car insurance. Now after 9 months at home, maybe its about time he got off his bum, get a job and start paying back his fine!
Who cares!!!!!!!!!!! I can imagine the home owners felt pretty traumatic! 80mph! He is lucky that he didnt kill someone. Stupid idiot, he'll get no sympathy off those of us that work bloody hard and pay our car insurance. Now after 9 months at home, maybe its about time he got off his bum, get a job and start paying back his fine! theresa7475
  • Score: 33

4:20pm Thu 1 May 14

danhalen74 says...

no sympathy for this utter toolbag. should have got a jail sentence. I've a sister in a graveyard because of someone driving like an idiot like this. 'city boy' a***hole. i bet he's laughing up his sleeve at getting away with it. scumbag.
no sympathy for this utter toolbag. should have got a jail sentence. I've a sister in a graveyard because of someone driving like an idiot like this. 'city boy' a***hole. i bet he's laughing up his sleeve at getting away with it. scumbag. danhalen74
  • Score: 35

4:27pm Thu 1 May 14

Hove Ex-Pat says...

He's so shattered that this "mummy's boy" cannot apologise himself, but leaves it to mummy to do so. "We have had the court case now, so it’s finished." Said his Mummy. Is that so? What about the home & other vehicle owners? Who pays for the damage he alone caused? Now he goes mincing up to London to hide with his friends. Please Mummy, take this illegal & dangerous driver back to South Africa as soon as possible.
He's so shattered that this "mummy's boy" cannot apologise himself, but leaves it to mummy to do so. "We have had the court case now, so it’s finished." Said his Mummy. Is that so? What about the home & other vehicle owners? Who pays for the damage he alone caused? Now he goes mincing up to London to hide with his friends. Please Mummy, take this illegal & dangerous driver back to South Africa as soon as possible. Hove Ex-Pat
  • Score: 36

7:03pm Thu 1 May 14

PeterM says...

missfeline wrote:
Oh puh-lease!! High flying model? Who is the guy? He certainly doesnt show up in a google search(only pics of the spoiled brat's smashed-up car do) He is just lucky he didnt kill anyone. Hopefully this was a wake-up call to him and his whining mother. IT WAS HIS FAULT! He was driving recklessly, no insurance etc etc etc. What a waste of resources- emergency services,ambulance,N

HS and so on. He only has himself to blame . The only sympathy I have is for those poor homeowners.
He doesn't show up on any Google search because he uses a different name for his modelling work.

He has the looks, and that Ibiza trip might have been his big break, but he only has himself to blame for losing out.
[quote][p][bold]missfeline[/bold] wrote: Oh puh-lease!! High flying model? Who is the guy? He certainly doesnt show up in a google search(only pics of the spoiled brat's smashed-up car do) He is just lucky he didnt kill anyone. Hopefully this was a wake-up call to him and his whining mother. IT WAS HIS FAULT! He was driving recklessly, no insurance etc etc etc. What a waste of resources- emergency services,ambulance,N HS and so on. He only has himself to blame . The only sympathy I have is for those poor homeowners.[/p][/quote]He doesn't show up on any Google search because he uses a different name for his modelling work. He has the looks, and that Ibiza trip might have been his big break, but he only has himself to blame for losing out. PeterM
  • Score: -14

12:19am Fri 2 May 14

vacillation says...

PeterM wrote:
missfeline wrote:
Oh puh-lease!! High flying model? Who is the guy? He certainly doesnt show up in a google search(only pics of the spoiled brat's smashed-up car do) He is just lucky he didnt kill anyone. Hopefully this was a wake-up call to him and his whining mother. IT WAS HIS FAULT! He was driving recklessly, no insurance etc etc etc. What a waste of resources- emergency services,ambulance,N


HS and so on. He only has himself to blame . The only sympathy I have is for those poor homeowners.
He doesn't show up on any Google search because he uses a different name for his modelling work.

He has the looks, and that Ibiza trip might have been his big break, but he only has himself to blame for losing out.
Seriously? "Storm Burger" has a stage name??
[quote][p][bold]PeterM[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]missfeline[/bold] wrote: Oh puh-lease!! High flying model? Who is the guy? He certainly doesnt show up in a google search(only pics of the spoiled brat's smashed-up car do) He is just lucky he didnt kill anyone. Hopefully this was a wake-up call to him and his whining mother. IT WAS HIS FAULT! He was driving recklessly, no insurance etc etc etc. What a waste of resources- emergency services,ambulance,N HS and so on. He only has himself to blame . The only sympathy I have is for those poor homeowners.[/p][/quote]He doesn't show up on any Google search because he uses a different name for his modelling work. He has the looks, and that Ibiza trip might have been his big break, but he only has himself to blame for losing out.[/p][/quote]Seriously? "Storm Burger" has a stage name?? vacillation
  • Score: 24

8:18am Fri 2 May 14

David7 says...

vacillation wrote:
PeterM wrote:
missfeline wrote:
Oh puh-lease!! High flying model? Who is the guy? He certainly doesnt show up in a google search(only pics of the spoiled brat's smashed-up car do) He is just lucky he didnt kill anyone. Hopefully this was a wake-up call to him and his whining mother. IT WAS HIS FAULT! He was driving recklessly, no insurance etc etc etc. What a waste of resources- emergency services,ambulance,N



HS and so on. He only has himself to blame . The only sympathy I have is for those poor homeowners.
He doesn't show up on any Google search because he uses a different name for his modelling work.

He has the looks, and that Ibiza trip might have been his big break, but he only has himself to blame for losing out.
Seriously? "Storm Burger" has a stage name??
Yes, his ’professional’ name is ‘Stupid Tw*t’.
[quote][p][bold]vacillation[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PeterM[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]missfeline[/bold] wrote: Oh puh-lease!! High flying model? Who is the guy? He certainly doesnt show up in a google search(only pics of the spoiled brat's smashed-up car do) He is just lucky he didnt kill anyone. Hopefully this was a wake-up call to him and his whining mother. IT WAS HIS FAULT! He was driving recklessly, no insurance etc etc etc. What a waste of resources- emergency services,ambulance,N HS and so on. He only has himself to blame . The only sympathy I have is for those poor homeowners.[/p][/quote]He doesn't show up on any Google search because he uses a different name for his modelling work. He has the looks, and that Ibiza trip might have been his big break, but he only has himself to blame for losing out.[/p][/quote]Seriously? "Storm Burger" has a stage name??[/p][/quote]Yes, his ’professional’ name is ‘Stupid Tw*t’. David7
  • Score: 27

10:46am Fri 2 May 14

Likkle says...

Model??!! If he's all that why does he not show up in any internet search or have we not heard of him?

Get a grip Mc Burger! your precious little soldier could of killed someone, and quite frankly in my eyes got of quite easily! No insurance and practically demolished someones house and has seemed to have got away with it. You say your son is smart, not smart enough to follow the highway code and know the speed limits or laws to owning a car!

Hopefully that knock on the head has knocked some sense into him, maybe next time his head wont be so far up his behind to think that he is above the law and can drive over the speed limit, without insurance and get away with it!

Maybe his next car should be a little 1.2 litre fiesta, rather than a powerful car that an inexperienced driver shouldn't be driving. He could use the money he saves, on buying insurance too and maybe some more driving lessons!
Model??!! If he's all that why does he not show up in any internet search or have we not heard of him? Get a grip Mc Burger! your precious little soldier could of killed someone, and quite frankly in my eyes got of quite easily! No insurance and practically demolished someones house and has seemed to have got away with it. You say your son is smart, not smart enough to follow the highway code and know the speed limits or laws to owning a car! Hopefully that knock on the head has knocked some sense into him, maybe next time his head wont be so far up his behind to think that he is above the law and can drive over the speed limit, without insurance and get away with it! Maybe his next car should be a little 1.2 litre fiesta, rather than a powerful car that an inexperienced driver shouldn't be driving. He could use the money he saves, on buying insurance too and maybe some more driving lessons! Likkle
  • Score: 24

6:07pm Fri 2 May 14

paddy_h says...

Poor Storm, can you imagine how traumatic he would have been if his mother had named him Cheese Burger instead? She lives in LaLa land...
Poor Storm, can you imagine how traumatic he would have been if his mother had named him Cheese Burger instead? She lives in LaLa land... paddy_h
  • Score: 12

6:59pm Fri 2 May 14

Michael Pantlin says...

In the earlier version of this report the home owner said that if the model's car had not crashed into the Land Rover parked on the drive it would have next hit their piano. Then he would have had to face the music.
In the earlier version of this report the home owner said that if the model's car had not crashed into the Land Rover parked on the drive it would have next hit their piano. Then he would have had to face the music. Michael Pantlin
  • Score: 6

7:29pm Fri 2 May 14

Hove Ex-Pat says...

paddy_h wrote:
Poor Storm, can you imagine how traumatic he would have been if his mother had named him Cheese Burger instead? She lives in LaLa land...
He should be named Whopper, because I, & I suspect many other readers too, do not believe a word he, or his Mummy, has said over this.
[quote][p][bold]paddy_h[/bold] wrote: Poor Storm, can you imagine how traumatic he would have been if his mother had named him Cheese Burger instead? She lives in LaLa land...[/p][/quote]He should be named Whopper, because I, & I suspect many other readers too, do not believe a word he, or his Mummy, has said over this. Hove Ex-Pat
  • Score: 18

12:34pm Wed 7 May 14

SheilaBB90 says...

Are we supposed to feel sorry for him and his mother - disgraceful! He's lucky he's not dead, lucky he didn't kill any one else. At 80 miles an hour down a residential road you deserve to crash. Who let the idiot get a car like that in the first place at only 21? his mother? kids that age should be banned from getting fast cars until their late 20's or until they've been driving for a significant amount of years. No single word of remorse for the poor owners of the house he partially demolished, or the other car he wrecked. And now HE's psychologically damaged - poor boy! he's lucky he's got some brains left, that's if he had any in the first place. All he gets is a two year ban and £3000 odd fine, god forbid what he gets up to when he gets back behind the steering wheel - look out!
As far as i'm concerned he should get no sympathy whatsoever, he deserved to crash at that speed, so **** lucky no innocent person got hurt or killed. Who pays for the repairs to the house and car that got wrecked?
Are we supposed to feel sorry for him and his mother - disgraceful! He's lucky he's not dead, lucky he didn't kill any one else. At 80 miles an hour down a residential road you deserve to crash. Who let the idiot get a car like that in the first place at only 21? his mother? kids that age should be banned from getting fast cars until their late 20's or until they've been driving for a significant amount of years. No single word of remorse for the poor owners of the house he partially demolished, or the other car he wrecked. And now HE's psychologically damaged - poor boy! he's lucky he's got some brains left, that's if he had any in the first place. All he gets is a two year ban and £3000 odd fine, god forbid what he gets up to when he gets back behind the steering wheel - look out! As far as i'm concerned he should get no sympathy whatsoever, he deserved to crash at that speed, so **** lucky no innocent person got hurt or killed. Who pays for the repairs to the house and car that got wrecked? SheilaBB90
  • Score: 3

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