An expectant mother who lost her baby by "joking" bravely swore: "I will not let myself be defeated by it."
Aspiring business owner Megan Meredith, 22, got out of her car to toss trash in the bin when friend Keeley Harrison got behind the wheel.
Harrison, 20, locked the doors of the Ford KA and attempted to drive away for the prank while encouraged by friends in the back seat.
Megan (pictured) found out she was pregnant when she was rushed to the hospital – but lost the baby to her injuries after five hours of surgery
But Megan got stuck on the windshield wipers trying to stop the car from escaping.
Megan, who wants to start her own beauty business, says she knows how dangerous cars are and would never use them as a joke.
She said, “As an individual, I know how dangerous cars are and not allowed to play around with.
"My whole family experienced the tragedy of a serious car accident."
She added, "They are causing havoc and leaving families empty."
Megan was thrown from the hood onto the road when her car drove up to 30 km / h in Bargoed, South Wales last March.
Prosecutor Nigel Fryer said she found out she was pregnant when she was rushed to the hospital – but lost the baby after five hours of surgery because of her injuries.
Megan suffered a broken right ankle and a broken right tibia, which required a long operation – and was later told that her leg might never recover
Megan has now shared how it was "always my dream" to have children and bought her first house with fiancé Rhys Weaver.
She said, "Me and Rhys are planning our future."
Megan suffered a broken right ankle and a broken right tibia, which required a long operation – and was later told that her leg might never recover.
Recovery: Megan is still being treated for her leg and awaiting surgery delayed due to Covid-19
She spent two weeks at Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil and had to take six months off.
She added, "I still have ongoing treatment for my leg and am still waiting for surgeries that are delayed due to Covid.
“My physical well-being is anything but normal or what I used to be. I still have a lot to achieve and achieve, and I still have goals that I want to achieve, but I'm far from it.
“But I'm going there. I won't let that defeat me. Not a bit. & # 39;
Keeley Harrison (pictured outside Cardiff Crown Court), 20, jumped into Megan's parked Ford Ka and started driving as her friend clung to the hood
Cardiff Crown Court heard Harrison claim she was trying to "joke" Megan – by driving around the coroner to make them think they were going.
Mr. Fryer said, “The car was rolling backwards and Ms. Meredith leaned on the hood yelling at her not to drive the car. People laughed and joked in the vehicle. She also believed that they were filming her on a phone.
She felt the car move forward and grabbed the car to keep it from falling. The defendant withdrew from the parking lot while she was still on the hood and sped up Upper High Street with her legs drooping from Mrs. Meredith.
In happier times: Megan (pictured in the center) says she is no longer who she was before and doesn't think she ever will be
Feeling like the car was being driven fast, she tried to grab the windshield wipers, but it fell from the front of the car to the right.
"She was confused at first and didn't know if she passed out, but when she tried to get up she described feeling terrible pain in her right leg."
Megan said her friends didn't believe she had broken her ankle and told her to get up.
In a personal statement from the victim, she said: “This incident ruined my life and I am worried about the future, my leg function and my occupation.
“I'm not who I was before, and I don't think I'll ever be the same person again. I will have to live with these injuries for the rest of my life now. & # 39;
In a personal statement from the victim, Megan (pictured) said the incident ruined her life and made her worried about the future, leg function and employment
Auxiliary Harrison, from Brithdir, Caerphilly, told police she was driving the vehicle but alleged both parties were responsible.
She pleaded guilty to causing serious injury through dangerous driving.
Defense attorney Jenny Yeo said the two are no longer friends.
She added: “This is a tragic event for everyone involved. It was a prank between two friends that went terribly wrong and my client takes full responsibility for her stupidity and actions. & # 39;
Defendant Keeley Harrison (pictured) pleaded guilty to causing serious injury through dangerous driving. He was not allowed to drive for two years and had to do 180 hours of unpaid work. Harrison and Megan are no longer friends
Sentencing Judge Jeremy Jenkins sentenced Harrison to an 18-month suspended sentence.
He said, "It was undoubtedly the last thing you thought of harming your friend, but you recognized how dangerous and stupid your actions were."
Harrison was banned from driving for two years and had to do 180 hours of unpaid work.
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