Mum’s injuries after being flung from car bonnet by friend ‘changed her personality’

Mum’s injuries after being flung from car bonnet by friend ‘changed her personality’

 

A mum says her daughter’s personality changed after she was flung from a car bonnet while sitting on the engine to have a cigarette.

Emma Currie, 20 and a mum herself, was left with a fracture to the base of her skull, a fractured right leg and a bleed on the brain after the horrific incident on September 17 in Warrington, Cheshire.

Her friend Hannah Kellett, who was driving the car which flung Emma to the ground, was given a suspended sentence this week after appearing at Liverpool Crown Court, reports Liverpool Echo

Kellett was parked up in her Audi S3 when Emma climbed on top of the car last year.

A resident, who said there was ‘always drama’ when the car was driven, looked on as the Audi driver first revved the engine in warning, before accelerating down the street with Emma clinging to the bonnet.

After stopping suddenly Kellett caused her friend to fall from the bonnet and suffer serious head injuries.

Emma’s mum, who has not been named, said: “After the accident Emma’s personality changed she didn’t realise the extent of her injuries and got angry and upset over anything to do with it, she was very snappy and wasn’t herself.”

Her mum added: “She discharged herself, and has since has treatment, she still can’t walk properly on her leg and is waiting for results of a CT scan.”

Emma Currie, speaking to Liverpool Echo, said: “I just broke down and I got scared.

“I sat on the couch for three weeks in pain – I went back to hospital and they said ‘Do you know your leg is broken?'”

Recalling the events that evening, she said: “I was inside cooking my partner’s tea and I have gone out to see her [Kellett].”

“As soon as I felt the engine go on I turned round on the car bonnet so my belly was touching the car bonnet and said ‘What are you doing, don’t be stupid, come on let’s have a cig'”.

Emma said Kellett then said “I’m coming now” before the car started moving.

She said: “I remember trying to hold on to the windscreen wiper, I had gone up the windscreen, I was trying to hold onto something.

“All I remember after that is waking up in hospital a good few days later with my mum.”

Ms Currie also suffers from epilepsy, and explained that after the crash she suffered an epileptic fit.

She said: “When I first came home I kept getting flashbacks and headaches. I had hot water bottles on either side of my head.”

Following a CT scan the 20-year-old mum says she now needs surgery in Leeds for a blood clot on her brain.

She is also unable to walk on her foot and may require further surgery.

Ms Currie explained doctors believe she may be suffering from an allergy to the metal plates inserted in her foot.

She said: “I’m a mother to a three-year-old daughter, I’m only 20, I can’t even walk to the shop with her.

“She always says ‘Is mummy better? I want to see mummy walk.’ It’s horrible.”

Liverpool Crown Court was told that Emma has been taking A-levels in college before the incident but has been unable to reutrn.

Kellett was handed a 12 month sentence suspended for two years after admitting causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

The court were told she had dropped out of a midwifery course as a result of the offence and Ms Currie did not support the prosecution.

Defending Kellett, David Thompson said: “The young lady lost her good character as result of these proceedings.”

“She has a young son and is a single parent at the moment reliant on universal credit.

“Her attitude towards the offence is one of genuine regret.”

Kellett, of Grasmere Avenue, Warrington, has no previous convictions.

Judge Robert Trevor-Jones, sentencing, said: “According to you the two of you were on friendly terms and there had been no falling out.

“You describe her at the time as showing some signs of having been drinking.

“It seems you were trying to speak to her to get her to get off, not only by asking but by reinforcing by revving your engine.”

The judge detailed Kellett drove off “at some considerable speed” before stopping and leaving Ms Currie with serious injuries.

As part of her suspended sentence Kellett must complete 20 Rehabilitation Activity Requirements and 120 hours of unpaid work.

She was also banned from driving for three years and must take an extended retest.

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