Ashley Judd says grief-associated clumsiness led to her fracturing her leg after death of mother in 2012
The death of a woman after an accident where she suffered a broken leg, a dislocated shoulder and a concussion have been ruled accidental by Ashley Judd. The 36-year-old actress was in a car accident on February 5, 2012, in New York, where she was hit by a drunk driver who fled the scene. Judd underwent an operation on her right ankle to fix it which meant she was unable to stand when she was discharged with a shattered right foot.
She was in a coma and underwent multiple operations, including one to repair her shattered ankle. The actress was back to work within weeks, though she was not able to use her right leg for nearly a year. As a result, she was diagnosed with a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
“I had to go through all of this to be back to work,” she told The Guardian. “I had to take painkillers like every day because I couldn’t stand.” Judd said she was able to walk again six months after the accident and was able to walk with a slight limp.
She said that the accident was “a tragedy for her family” who were “really upset” about the accident. Her mother, Linda Lottig, said of the actress, “She was lucky, because this lady fell on top of her, and it was the worst thing that could have happened.” Judd’s friends echoed that sentiment, saying, “I had the best weekend of my life” after the accident.
A spokesman for the New York Police Department confirmed the actress’ accident occurred on February 5, 2012 after the driver of a taxi cab who was drunk plowed into her as she was waiting to get into a cab. Judd had been in the middle of a conversation with friends when she asked to be let into the rear of the car. He responded by honking and flashing his lights. Judd moved to the driver’s side of the car, but her friend’s body was slammed to her seat and her legs became pinned under the car. She told friends she thought