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Mum of twins hit by car on crossing appeals for witnesses
The mother of six-month-old twins whose pram was hit by a car as she pushed them across a pedestrian crossing, has made an emotional appeal for witnesses to come forward.
Lynette Thomas, 32, told how she had been pushing her twin son and daughter across the Kettering Road crossing just before 11.30 on the morning of Thursday, 10 December last year.
"As I crossed the road, a red car went past and the pram was taken from my hands," she said. "All I could do is watch as the pram was knocked down the road and crashed into the back of a van and then fell onto its side. I ran to them and one of the people who had stopped came over to help me get the twins out, as they were both still strapped in."
Lynette and her partner Tim McCulloch, 32, who live in Gibbs Acre Close, Bellenge, have been comforting each other at the bedside of their daughter Alaura, who was still receiving treatment at Northampton General Hospital until Tuesday, 16 February. Miraculously, Alaura's twin brother Stephen escaped with only minor injuries.
The driver of a red Vauxhall Astra vehicle was interviewed by police at the scene and was subsequently charged with motoring offences.
"Doctors said Alaura suffered a double fracture to the skull and a severe brain injury from the impact," said Ms Thomas. "Nobody can tell us just how badly her brain has been damaged, or how well she'll recover from the injuries.
"It's every parent's worst nightmare," she said. "I'll never forget that day for as long as I live. Our only hope is that people who witnessed what happened will come forward and help us as we fight for justice for our daughter."
Gary Herbert, a head injury expert with Fentons Solicitors LLP representing the family, said Alaura was likely to need specialist care to help meet the challenges she would face in the future.
"The injuries she sustained were very serious," said Mr Herbert. "Immediately following the incident, Alaura spent 28 days in a medically-induced coma. She was suffering fits and breathing difficulties when doctors tried to remove sedation, and she had to undergo an operation to relieve swelling around the brain."
Mr Herbert said although Alaura has now returned home, she remains unwell and is unable to sit up without assistance.
"The long-term prognosis for recovery is still unknown," said Mr Herbert. "But what we do know is that at just eight months old, Alaura is going to need a lot of help and support in the future to aid her recovery.
"In order to secure the specialist care that she will need, we are urging anyone who might have helpful information about the incident - no matter how small or insignificant they think it might be - to come forward," he said. "We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who was in the queue of traffic on Kettering Road that morning.
"We would also like to speak to the pedestrian who had apparently used the crossing outside the supermarket just moments before the pram was hit by the car," he said. "There were several vehicles in the area. We're hoping that someone can help Alaura and her family secure the help they will need in the future."
Can you help?
If you remember seeing the incident in Kettering Road, Northampton, at around 11.30am on Thursday, 10 December 2009, please contact Gary Herbert at Fentons Solicitors LLP on 0161 238 6454 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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