Stevenage mum’s road to recovery after terrifying car crash

Karl and Emma Brooker with their daughter Megan. Picture courtesy of Irwin Mitchell.

Karl and Emma Brooker with their daughter Megan. Picture courtesy of Irwin Mitchell. - Credit: Archant

A mum-of-four has spoken for the first time of her determination to overcome serious injuries caused when a car crashed into her in a supermarket car park.

Emma Brooker sustained serious injuries to her leg and foot. Picture courtesy of Irwin Mitchell.

Emma Brooker sustained serious injuries to her leg and foot. Picture courtesy of Irwin Mitchell. - Credit: Archant

Emma Brooker was loading shopping into the boot of her car at Sainsbury’s in Stevenage’s Magpie Crescent when another car crashed into her Ford Focus, causing her own car to hit her.

The 38-year-old jumped into her boot in a bid to avoid being dragged under her vehicle but, seconds later, another car crashed into her legs, which were still hanging out of her boot.

Emma suffered multiple left foot fractures and a ‘degloving’ injury to her foot, which means an extensive section of skin was completely torn off.

She had to have an operation to insert metal plates and pins, as well as plastic surgery.

Emma and Karl with their children Adam, Megan and Paige, Picture courtesy of Irwin Mitchell.

Emma and Karl with their children Adam, Megan and Paige, Picture courtesy of Irwin Mitchell. - Credit: Archant


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Remembering the incident on September 22 last year, Emma said: “A car accelerated and collided with the front of my car. I felt a burning sensation in my leg as the rear of my car hit me.

“My first reaction was to jump in the boot. I recall a woman screaming ‘there are legs hanging out’, but after that I don’t remember much.”

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Emma – who lives in Stevenage – is married to Karl, 38, and they have four children, Josh, 20, Megan, 11, and eight-year-old twins Adam and Paige.

She has been unable to return to work as a supermarket cashier following the collision.

Emma said: “Prior to the accident I did almost everything around the house, but since I came home from hospital I have been unable to do much without assistance from Karl and the rest of my family and friends.

“Doctors have said my recovery will be slow. There is also a risk of complications due to my skin damage and further surgery may be required.

“I am trying to remain positive and concentrate on my recovery. I just want to be able to do every day things most people take for granted, such as taking my children on the school run again.

“I would like to thank the people who came to my aid following the accident and for helping to keep me calm while the ambulance arrived. Without them I don’t know what I would have done.”

The first driver’s insurance company has accepted liability for the incident and lawyers at Irwin Mitchell are now working to secure funds towards Emma’s rehabilitation.

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