Woman Appeals For Witnesses To Help With Fatal Crash Investigation

Irwin Mitchell Conducting Investigation


A woman who suffered ‘life-threatening’ injuries in a head-on car crash is appealing for witnesses to help with an investigation into the conditions on the road which has been the scene of more similar incidents.

Maddy Booker, 59, from Chesterfield, was travelling home from work on 13 November 2009, when she aquaplaned on a build up of water which had gathered on the A619, near Chandler Hill, and collided with another vehicle.

As a result of the accident Mrs Booker suffered severe head and facial injuries including bleeding on her brain, as well as fractures to her pelvis, collarbone, elbow, ribs, foot and ankles. The driver of the other vehicle was killed in the accident.

Her solicitors, road collision specialists at law firm Irwin Mitchell, are now conducting an investigation into the condition of the road as they fight to ensure she is able to access to the rehabilitation she needs.

David Urpeth, a Partner at Irwin Mitchell in Sheffield, said: “We had reports of a number of incidents on Chandler Hill in a very short space of time, including one the day after Mrs Booker’s in which a ten-year-old boy was killed.

“It is important we get to the bottom of why there was such a build up of water on the road to provide Mrs Booker and the other families with answers, and to make sure lessons are learnt so that this terrible tragedy does not happen again.

“Mrs Booker suffered extremely serious injuries as a result of an accident which was not her fault, and we are committed to making sure she has access to the best possible care and rehabilitation to help rebuild her life.

“We urge anybody who has any information about the incidents or the road conditions at the time to come forward and contact us.”

Derbyshire Police conducted an investigation into the cause of the accident and has absolved both drivers of all blame.

Mrs Booker said: “Both the physical and psychological injuries I suffered in the incident have had a devastating effect on my life, and it’s a tragedy to think that somebody was killed as a result of these poor road conditions.

“I’m currently attending counselling sessions to help gain closure from the crash, but am finding it very difficult to move on with my life and regularly have flashbacks.

“It is particularly difficult because my husband was similarly killed in a car accident some years ago. I too was left with two young children and my experience has just brought all of this up again.

“If anybody knows anything about the conditions of the road at the time of my accident I urge them to contact Irwin Mitchell and help with their investigation.”

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