French law regarding 'accidents' should change

Caroline Broc demands change to close legal loophole for repeat offenders

Caroline Broc’s life changed forever in October 2014 when a driver high on drink and drugs ran into her and crushed her legs.

She told Samantha David for Connexion he was doing 100kph in Lyon city centre when he mounted the pavement on which Caroline was walking and ran straight into her, narrowly missing another pedestrian and two young children.

He had no licence, the car was not insured, and as soon as he struggled out of the mangled car, he ran away.

Caroline sustained head injuries, eight pelvic fractures and her crushed legs had to be amputated. She was in a coma for five days, spent months in hospital, underwent 25 operations and after she was discharged spent many more months in rehabilitation.

She has had to move into a specially-adapted flat, replace her car with a specially-adapted vehicle, buy two wheelchairs, (one for use inside and one to use outdoors at a total price of €15,000) as well as learn to walk with prosthetic limbs (€100,000 each).

Because the driver was not insured, and prosthetic limbs are not reimbursed by Cpam health cover, she had to find the money to pay for it all.

She said: “It made ...

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