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Victimís appeal after horrific Park Lane scooter accident
A 30-year-old woman has made an appeal for witnesses to come forward and help clear up confusion surrounding the incident which left her with horrific injuries.
Alice Girard was riding her brand new scooter from her home in Kensington to her office in Hanover Square when the incident occurred, between 8:15 and 8:30am on Thursday, 17 June 2010. Due to fly out on holiday the following day, she was on her way to work when she was involved in a collision with at least one vehicle. Police investigations suggest an N-reg articulated lorry and a W-reg van, both of which were in the immediate vicinity at the time, could have been involved.
Anne Lankester, representing Mrs Girard, said her client urgently needed anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward. "Mrs Girard sustained severe injuries and was very fortunate not to have lost her left foot," said Ms Lankester, a†road traffic collision†injury expert with Fentons Solicitors LLP.
Initially taken by ambulance to St. Mary's Hospital on Praed St, Mrs Girard had numerous scans before being transferred to Charing Cross Hospital. "Due to the extent of her injuries, doctors considered amputating her injured left foot," said Ms Lankester. "But after discovering she had some sensitivity to her toes, sole and heel, they thankfully decided instead to try and reconstruct the foot. My client underwent a successful 13-hour foot operation," she said. "It took her seven days just to recover enough to sit up and talk.
"Mrs Girard remembers glimpses of her journey leading up to the accident," said Ms Lankester. "She then remembers waking up in hospital afterwards. She has flashbacks involving something approaching her right side as well as memories of trying to sit up in the middle of the road whilst covered in blood."
Police subsequently informed Mrs Girard there was a small white van that had stopped to allow a lorry to move forward. CCTV footage from the scene failed to record the incident and police are currently investigating the involvement of the lorry and the van in the accident.
"My client sustained a rare and horrific injury known as a de-gloving," said Ms Lankester. "The skin from two-thirds of the way down her shin to the front of her foot and around her toes was effectively ripped off. The tendons on the front of her foot and above her toes were all missing, her left heel was fractured and her right ankle was heavily sprained and swollen to the size of a grapefruit. She sustained lacerations to her lower right leg as well as a cut to her face that required ten stitches.
"This was a beautifully clear sunny day. The traffic was light and flowing and there were no red lights," said Ms Lankester. "We are anxious to trace anyone who witnessed the incident or was at the scene immediately afterwards, as they could have vital information to help Mrs Girard's case."
Doctors have reconstructed Mrs Girard's left foot with a 1.5 inch thick graft taken from her right upper front thigh including muscle, arteries and skin. She has been told she won't be able to walk again until at least September and that it is doubtful whether she will ever be able to jog or go for long walks. She will require further surgery to improve the scarring around her right thigh and to ensure her injured left foot appears the same as her right.
Ms Lankester said her client is currently confined to a wheelchair with two operations to remove pins from her left leg scheduled for later this month. She is now hoping anyone who might have any information about the accident will come forward and help her as she begins her claim for compensation. "If anyone was in Park Lane that morning and witnessed the accident, then please get in touch," said Ms Lankester.
Can you help?
If you remember seeing the incident in Park Lane, London at around 8:30am on Thursday 17 June 2010, please contact Anne Lankester at Fentons Solicitors LLP on 0207 092 2857 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence, and any detail could be hugely important to this case.
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