A mum who was hit by a runaway car has successfully won £5,000 in damages from the vehicle’s owner.
And the owner — who was heavily pregnant at the time — has spoken for the first time about the “distressing” accident.
Lynne Short was driving her son to school last April when she saw a driverless Vauxhall Corsa rolling down the West End’s Blackness Road.
With a number of children walking to school at the time, adrenaline took over and Lynne swung open her door and tried to get inside the unmanned Corsa.
But as she jumped out, Lynne was hit by the Vauxhall and then trapped against her own car.
Lynne, now aged 46, had to be taken to Ninewells Hospital by ambulance where it was discovered she had broken her wrist from the impact.
The Tele revealed earlier this year that Lynne had launched legal action against Angela Black, the owner of the Corsa.
Now, Lynne’s solicitors at Digby Brown are understood to have won about £5,000 in damages from Angela’s insurers.
Lynne could not be reached for comment, but Angela, 40, said: “It was no fault on my part at all.
“She said I had left my handbrake off, but in fact the handbrake had failed. I took the car to the garage straight away.
“I was quite heavily pregnant at the time so I was very distressed by it all.
“The policeman said to me my car was trickling down the road and at most it would have hit a parked car.
“I would have just put my car in front of it to stop it rolling.
“But I am grateful no children got injured.
“She was lucky, though, as she was trapped between my car and her open car door. If it wasn’t for her car being there she would have ended up under my car.”
At the time of the crash, Lynne admitted she was “silly” to put her body on the line but she had wanted to make sure no one would be hurt.
She said: “In hindsight, it was a silly thing to do, but with the adrenaline I thought of it careering into the school or hitting a car and going up in flames.
“It could have been a lot worse. The thing is that there were kids walking to school.”