This article was published on October 15th, 2012
An assistant head teacher from Manchester has been banned from driving after her inpractical boot caused her foot to become trapped under the brake pedal, resulting in a head-on collision.
The woman, who teaches at Stretford School in Manchester, said she thought she was going to be killed when her vehicle smashed into a Mercedes after careering on to the wrong side of the carriageway.
It was revealed in court that just minutes before the collision, police officers in a patrol car had swerved out of the way of the driver’s car as she was struggling to remove her foot from under the brake pedal.
The teacher managed to get out of her wrecked vehicle after tearing her boot from underneath the pedal. She was treated in hospital for a cracked rib and internal bruising.
The 33-year-old driver in the Mercedes escaped the incident with only whiplash.
The woman was arrested and charged for dangerous driving but walked free after admitting the charge in Manchester Crown Court.
She was banned for four months and issued a £350 fine.
“My Ugg boot got trapped at the traffic lights,” she told local press.
“I suppose it was a freak accident – as I put my boot across the prong of the pedal it caught in the seams. I attempted to free it with my left hand and then swerved to the right to avoid going into the back of vehicles in front of me. There seemed to be more space on the right-hand side to avoid oncoming traffic.
“I can’t tell you how terrifying it was. When the crash happened the airbags came out, I smashed my head on the steering wheel. I could smell horrible petrol smells, I thought the car was going to catch fire, I thought I was going to die.”
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