Victim of Loic Freeman drink-drive crash Lechlade speaks out

ONE of those seriously injured by Loic Freeman has spoken out about her ordeal to warn motorists of the dangers of irresponsible driving.

Nadine Wood, 47, from Lechlade, suffered ‘excruciating’ injuries in the incident on Halfpenny Bridge.

She was crushed against the wall and suffered injuries including a spinal fracture.

Ms Wood said: “What happened that day is still so vivid in my mind. I was standing on the bridge when I heard a car approaching at speed from my left and was aware of a car also approaching from my right.

“I realised something bad was going to happen but had no time to react. In a split second, I was crushed up against the bridge by one of the cars. Then I was on the ground in excruciating pain.

“I ended up in hospital for more than two weeks with injuries to my pelvis, hip and spine. More than a year on, I’m still significantly affected by my injuries on a daily basis.

“I don’t think I’ll be back to full health for a very long time, if ever, but I’m grateful that my recovery is progressing with rehabilitation treatment and the support of my friends, family, and the local community.

“I am struggling to comprehend how people can still be so incredibly irresponsible. All I can hope for now is that other drivers learn from this and stay safe on the roads. I wouldn’t wish for others to have to go through what I have.”

Ms Wood is being represented by specialist injury compensation lawyers Irwin Mitchell.

Her lawyer Declan French said: “While Nadine has made great progress in her recovery she still faces many challenges ahead.

“This case vividly highlights the consequences innocent road users can be left to face because of the actions of others.

“We will continue to support Nadine to help her make the best recovery she can. It’s also vital that people take care on the roads at all times.”

Dashcam footage of the incident was shown in court and can be seen here

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