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Miscarriage after ‘joke gone wrong’

A woman lost her baby after a “practical joke gone wrong” when her friend drove her car while she was on the bonnet.Megan Meredith suffered a miscarriage after she was thrown from her own Ford hatchback in Wales early last year.She was also left with a broken ankle and knee after the incident.This week, Keeley…

A woman lost her baby after a “practical joke gone wrong” when her friend drove her car while she was on the bonnet.

Megan Meredith suffered a miscarriage after she was thrown from her own Ford hatchback in Wales early last year.

She was also left with a broken ankle and knee after the incident.

This week, Keeley Harrison was spared a prison sentence after admitting she was responsible for her former friend’s injuries, Wales Online reports.

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The accident occurred when the defendant tried to play a joke on Ms Meredith.

Harrison jumped into the driver seat of the victim’s Ford, locked the doors and began driving away while two friends laughed in the back seat.

The victim jumped onto the bonnet in a bid to stop Harrison.

But the defendant, 20, continued driving along at speeds of up to 30 kilometres per hour before braking sharply.

Ms Meredith was thrown to the ground.

As a result of the crash, she suffered a miscarriage, discovering during her treatment that she’d been pregnant at the time.

Her right ankle and knee were also shattered in the fall.

She has since needed surgery for her injuries.

A judge at Cardiff Crown Court heard Ms Meredith had picked up Harrison and two other friends during the afternoon before the friends drove to buy cakes.

The victim left her keys in the ignition when she went to throw rubbish from the car into a nearby bin.

But when she looked back, she saw Harrison in the driver’s seat.

Attempting to open the door, she realised they were locked.

The court heard the friends in the back seat may have been filming as Harrison began to drive and Ms Meredith shouted at her to stop.

The victim gripped onto the car to stop herself from falling – but the defendant carried on driving, accelerating up the high street.

As Ms Meredith tried to cling to the windscreen wipers, Harrison braked and her victim fell into the road.

CCTV footage of the incident showed Harrison leaving the vehicle and crouching down by her friend.

The victim was rushed to hospital, where it was discovered she was pregnant.

‘THIS HAS RUINED MY LIFE’

She miscarried as a result of her treatment which included five hours of surgery.

Medics believe her injuries may never fully heal.

In a victim personal statement read out to the court, Ms Meredith said the incident came as a “complete shock” and left her “devastated”.

“This incident has ruined my life and I am worried about the future, my leg function, and employment,” she said.

“I’m not the person I was before and I don’t think I’ll ever be the same person again. I now have to live with these injuries for the rest of my life.”

Harrison, a support worker, said she wanted to play a “practical joke”, and intended only to drive around the corner.

She later admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Jenny Yeo, mitigating, said: “This is a tragic case for all concerned.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission.

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