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Richard Hammond: My family can’t watch crash scenes

OHMYGOSSIP — Richard Hammond says his family have never watched footage of his most recent high-speed car crash.
The ‘Grand Tour’ presenter has cheated death twice after being involved in two serious motoring accidents, the latest of which saw his £2 million supercar tumble down a slope in the Swiss Alps in June before bursting into flames, leaving him badly shaken and with a fractured knee.
Richard said: “My family haven’t seen the latest crash. I don’t think they ever will. Mindy won’t want to watch it, because she will just be really, really cross.”
The 47-year-old TV host, father to daughters Isabella, 16, and Willow, 13, says his wife Mindy has told him he’s only got one more strike left, and he feels it would be irresponsible to take part in any more high-speed races.
He told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “I don’t think it would be well-received if I do it again …
“Mindy is very patient and knows my primary job is as a husband and father to our daughters, and she knows that’s the most important thing in my life and I’m not going to mess that up and risk it.
“She also knows I am not just there to support my daughters materially, but for them to realise, ‘Wow, I can do something exciting with my life.’
“I want them to think, ‘If that little idiot can travel the world on all his adventures, I can realise my dreams.’
“Your job as a father or a mother is not just to change nappies – your job is to inspire them. You’re their first exposure to adult life, so if they see you bored and frustrated and unfulfilled, that’s not so good.”
Richard was left temporarily wheelchair bound after he careered off a hilltop in Switzerland while travelling at 120mph.
The former ‘Top Gear’ star was previously involved in a crash in 2006 which left him in a coma for two weeks and battling depression, paranoia and memory loss as a result of his head injuries.
He said: “I damaged my head and spent a long time staring through hospital windows contemplating my own sanity.
“Mindy speaks of seeing me sitting at the kitchen table and just watching every emotion imaginable dance across my face and they were deep-seated and real. That was difficult.
“My memory was messy for a bit. My moods could run away with me. I had to try very consciously and very hard to control that – be it depression, obsession or anger.
“I was lucky, I was surrounded by a loving family and some great support.
“Now my head is all straight – as straight as anybody’s head ever is.”

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