A woman who did not know she was pregnant miscarried after being thrown off the hood of her own car by a friend in a “joke that went wrong.”
Keeley Harrison, 20, jumped into Megan Meredith’s parked Ford Ka last year and decided to drive away when her friend clung to the windshield wipers and tried to stop the car from escaping in Bargoed, South Wales, last year.
Mrs. Meredith, 22, was then thrown off the hood and onto the road as the car accelerated to 30 mph, Cardiff Crown Court heard.
Prosecutor Nigel Fryer said Ms. Meredith found out she was pregnant when she was taken to hospital, but lost the baby after five hours of surgery for her injuries – including a fractured right ankle and right shin.
On the day of the incident, which took place on March 22 last year, Ms. Meredith had picked up Harrison and two other friends and parked her car on the high street.
Keeley Harrison (photo outside Cardiff Crown Court), 20, jumped into Megan Meredith’s parked Ford Ka and started driving when her boyfriend clung to the hood
The group bought some pies when Mrs. Meredith took trash from the car to put in a nearby trash can, leaving her keys in the ignition.
When she looked back, she saw Harrison behind the wheel, and when she tried to open the door, she found them locked.
Harrison, urged on by friends in the backseat, then tried to pull away, but Mrs. Meredith tried to keep the car from pulling away by holding the hood while driving down the street.
She was then thrown onto the road when Harrison abruptly hit the brakes on the main street.
Prosecutor Nigel Fryer said: “The car started to roll backwards and Mrs. Meredith borrowed on the hood, yelling at her not to drive the car, and laughing and joking around in the car. She also believed they were filming her on a phone.
She felt the car moving forward and grabbed hold of it to keep her from falling. The defendant pulled out of the parking lot while still on the hood and sped up Upper High Street with Mrs. Meredith’s legs dangling down.
She could feel the speed going, and she tried to grip the wipers, but she fell from the front of the car onto her right side.
“She felt confused at first and didn’t know if she was passing out, but when she tried to get up, she described terrible pain in her right leg.”
Cardiff Crown Court heard that on camera footage Harrison was squatting to check on her boyfriend.
But Mrs. Meredith said her friends didn’t believe she broke her ankle and told her to get up.
An elderly man rushed to the scene and began to argue with the friends about the way they had behaved.
After the incident, Ms. Meredith suffered a fractured right ankle and fractured right shin, which required lengthy surgery – and was later told that her leg may never recover.
She spent two weeks at Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil and had to take six months off from work.
In a personal statement from the victim, she said: ‘This incident has destroyed my life and I am concerned about the future, my leg function and work.
Harrison accelerated to 30 mph when her friend was thrown off the hood onto the road, Cardiff Crown Court heard
The defendant later pleaded guilty to causing serious injuries through dangerous driving
At Cardiff Crown Court, Harrison was banned from driving for two years and ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work
‘I am no longer the person I was and I don’t think I will ever be the same person again. I now have to live with these injuries for the rest of my life. ‘
Support agent Harrison from Brithdir, Caerphilly, told police she was driving the vehicle, but claimed both parties were responsible.
She said her intention was to play a “joke” about Miss Meredith – by driving around the coroner to make her think they were leaving.
Harrison pleaded guilty to causing serious injuries through dangerous driving.
Lawyer Jenny Yeo said the couple were no longer friends.
She added: ‘This is a tragic case for everyone involved. It was a joke between two friends that went horribly wrong and my client takes full responsibility for her stupidity and her actions. ‘
Sentencing Judge Jeremy Jenkins gave Harrison a suspended sentence of 18 months.
He said, “Hurting your friend was the last thing on your mind, I have no doubt, but you recognized how dangerous and foolish your actions were.”
Harrison was also banned from driving for two years and ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work.