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A mother thought she and her baby son would die when a car mounted a pavement and hit them. Vicky Parkin, 34, was walking with her son in a pushchair when the vehicle careered off the road in Sutton Coldfield.

Ms Parkin recalled thinking "Oh s***" as she pushed the buggy away from her in a desperate effort to save her baby.

But the impact sent the little boy over the top of the vehicle. It left the poor tot with a fractured skull while Ms Parkin's ankles were broken.

She told Birmingham Live: "A weird calm came over my body. I thought I was going to die.

"The wheels of the pushchair went under the car but my son's seat flew over it and into the road.

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"The roll bar saved his body. But his head was injured. The first thing I heard was him crying. He was screaming. I was screaming. A woman got my son out of the road. I knew he was awake and alive. He had a graze on his head.

"When the car mounted the pavement I saw it and said, 'Oh s**t'. I wasn't really scared. I was expecting to get hit. I automatically tried to turn away from danger."

She described pushing the pram to the right before the car hit her, pushing her back. She then tumbled over and felt her legs give way.

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Ms Parkin now walks with a frame, has pins, plates and anchors in her legs, faces two years of recovery and is unsure if she will ever run again, after having completed a half-marathon in 2017.

She spoke out about her ordeal almost a year after what happened in a bid to see more road safety improvements.

The crash happened at an island junction where two roads meet. One has a one-way slip road while the other has a two-way entry/exit.

Ms Parkin said the crash happened when a car driver pulled out, forcing another to swerve out of its path, hitting her and her son on the pavement.

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She recalled five people rushing to her aid.

The mum said: "Then I felt the pain. They gave me ketamine, morphine. Everything. When I was lying down they noticed one of my legs was shorter than the other and that's a sign of a broken femur. But my ankle was dislocated and they were pulling it.

"I used a man's phone to ring my husband. I rang eight times as he wasn't answering. I said, 'Come quick to the gully. I have been hit'.

"At first he thought I was in my car. When he saw my car was on the drive he panicked. He then saw me on the floor and the pushchair under the car."

Vicky was rushed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital while her son was taken to Birmingham Children's Hospital.

She said: "I had an operation the day after the accident. I had my ankles in back slabs [plaster]. It took me nine weeks, until the middle of April, before I could bear weight again."

Her son, whom she did not want to be named, was discharged the day after the crash.

Due to Covid restrictions and her injuries, she could only see her child by video.

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Ms Parkin said: "It wasn't the first time there had been an accident there. There's a bus stop there too. When I mentioned it, people said, 'That's a dangerous junction'."

According to Birmingham Live, the case was taken up Councillor Richard Parkin and a new Reduce Speed Now sign has been installed in Walmley Road on the approach to the junction, along with new Slow markings, and Slow and Give Way triangles painted in the road.

Mr Parkin said: "I went knocking on doors canvassing before the election and Vicky told me she had had an accident. I said, 'I can't do much now, but if I'm elected I will make it my first job'.

"It pulled at my heartstrings, Vicky and her son being hit, which is why I wanted to do something. We managed to get some changes.

"Even if the measures make one in 10 people slow down, it will help. Vicky has achieved something out of such a horrible incident. The more we can do to make people safer the better."

Ms Parkin said the car driver who pulled out was charged with careless driving and received penalty points.

She added the driver of the car which hit her was not prosecuted, adding: "The junction was a recipe for disaster. I think that weird slip-road needs to come out. I just wanted to do something to stop it happening again.

"I was lucky. My son was lucky. It could have been so much worse. I know I have done everything I can and Richard's helped. I would hate it to happen to someone else."

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