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Knocked down pedestrian claims accident caused brain damage

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A 42-year-old factory worker claims she suffered serious brain damage after being knocked down by a motorist in 2012. Iwona Sobelewska, from Poland, said she was ‘run over’ by Michel Alfred Threlfall in the car park of an off-license in Blackburn two years ago. It was heard at London’s High Court that Ms Sobelewska had suffered a severe head injury and a broken ankle in the accident.

It was heard in court that Ms Sobelewska had no recollection of the actual accident, but was certain that she had been hit by Mr Threlfall’s car. Mr Threlfall’s insurers deny blame for the accident, saying that she may have sustained the personal injuries in an earlier accident before finding herself under his car.

“next to the car with her left leg under the sill”

It was heard in court that Mr Threlfall had been at the off-license at around 8pm on 12 February 2012. Emergency services were called to the scene to find Ms Sobelewska “next to the car with her left leg under the sill and with a severe injury to the head”. It was heard that Ms Sobelewska was hit whilst she walked through the car park, the one she went through on her way home from work every evening.

Ms Sobelewska’s lawyer said that the motorist had been “looking behind him while driving forwards” when the accident happened. She is claiming for a six-figure compensation payout. The case continues.

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