Women mows down pedestrian and blames flip-flops

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Women mows down pedestrian and blames flip-flops

A woman who ploughed into a pedestrian and the reversed back over him has blamed the accident on her footwear.

Navlet Anderson, 50, is said to have been aiming for a teenage girl she had an earlier argument with when she careered towards a kebab shop in Bristol, a court heard.

Anderson missed her intended victim and instead took out pedestrian Stephen Brothwood. It is claimed she then reversed, abandoning the car on top of him.

Mr Brothwood was left with a punctured lung, fractured ribs and legs.

Anderson denies causing grievous bodily harm with intent during the incident in April and has denied an alternative charge of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and a further charge of dangerous driving.

Instead, she told detectives that her flip-flops had got caught on the pedals of her Vauxhall Astra, causing the tragic accident.

She told police: "When I came back to park, my flip flops got caught in the pedals and that caused the accident."

David Scutt, prosecuting, said: "The Crown's case is that she sees the youngster and her mother and drives at them and in so doing takes out Mr Brothwood.

"She hits him and the car continues into the front of the kebab shop, damaging the frontage of the kebab shop.

"We say that, in a rage, she drives that car intentionally and deliberately at people. She hits Mr Brothwood and she injures him very badly."

The trial continues.