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Hove woman sues ex-boyfriend over crash
A woman is suing her ex-boyfriend after she was badly hurt in a crash on a stolen motorcycle he was driving.
Debbie Saunders, now 28, was given a six percent chance of survival after being involved in the smash at the junction of Whitehawk Crescent and Whitehawk Road in Brighton.
Miss Saunders, of Harmsworth Crescent, Hangleton, did not realise her boyfriend of one month Shane Newcombe had picked up her as his pillion passenger on a stolen and uninsured machine, according to a High Court writ.
She was thrown off the machine when he swerved and hit a parked car at 9.50pm on May 24, 2009.
She suffered a severe head injury and was rushed to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton in a coma and put on a ventilator.
She suffered a spinal fracture, a fractured pelvis and chest injuries while her head injury has led to neuro-psychological changes with reduced insight, poor concentration and impaired memory and her risk of epilepsy has increased by up to 30%, the court will be told.
Now Miss Saunders is demanding damages from Mr Newcombe, of Monument View, Whitehawk, and his insurance company, Southern Rock Insurance, following the collision.
In the writ, Miss Saunders said the couple had started a relationship about a month before the crash.
She said when Mr Newcombe he picked up her on a Honda CBR 600 machine she assumed it was his or that he had permission to ride it and that he was insured.
But she said as he drove down Whitehawk Road behind a car, he was unable to brake in time when the car slowed because he was riding too close and too fast.
He swerved before hitting a parked car. Miss Saunders accuses him of negligence.
Miss Saunders confirmed to The Argus that action had been taken on her behalf and she had been seriously injured in the collision. Mr Newcombe was not available at his address.
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