This is the horrific moment a woman was impaled by giant spikes on a garbage truck after it backed into her at high speed.
Deanna Beck, from San Diego, USShe was hit by a refuse truck while crossing a parking lot.
Shocking footage shows the moment Deanna was on her way to her Mission Valley apartment complex on February 5, 2021, before the truck backed into her.
Deanna could be seen walking across a crosswalk in the underground garage as the garbage truck turned left.
The driver suddenly starts backing up at high speed with Deanna looking over her shoulder – but it’s too late.
Two large metal prongs attached to the rear of the vehicle pushed her closer before being horribly impaled by one of those prongs before reaching the end of the crossing.
When she was hit by the sword-like truck part, Deanna was thrown to the ground from the sheer impact and suffered serious injuries.
The former SeaWorld dolphin trainer suffered serious injuries to her spine, neck and tailbone, as well as a traumatic brain injury that has since resulted in neurological problems.
Deanna claimed she was now suffering from seizures, insomnia, hearing loss and dizziness after the horrific collision.
She was later diagnosed with dysautonomia, which causes problems with the autonomic nervous system.
She also underwent throat surgery and has been battling postconcussive syndrome, which affects concentration and memory, since the incident.
Deanna was unable to return to work after the shocking incident and is now suing the company for over £19,000 in damages.
The lawsuit, filed in the San Diego Central Courthouse, alleges the driver was on the phone at the time, which is why Deanna was not seen.
Their attorneys, John Gomez and Corey Garrard, allege that the driver has been reprimanded multiple times for operating the garbage truck with his cell phone.
“The defendant in the garbage disposal vehicle being driven in this case was on the phone at the time he impaled Deanna Beck,” Garrard said during a news conference Monday.
“This driver has been charged multiple times in the past for operating refuse collection vehicles over the phone, in direct violation of this company’s rules.”
Since the incident, Deanna has been trying to reclaim her life by trying to continue working as a bartender, which she finds difficult due to her memory loss.
“She was a bartender in downtown San Diego at a lot of the really popular bars for many, many years,” Garrard said.
“In the first year after this incident, she was fired from a bartender job because she didn’t know how to use the computers at the bar (and) couldn’t remember drinks when she walked up to a table.”
“We look forward to proving in court how dramatically this has changed her life,” he added.
Deanna is suing the waste management company for personal injury, hospital and medical expenses, lost wages, loss of employment, and general harm.
The civil trial is scheduled to begin on October 13.