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Drink driving victim urges motorists to think twice before getting behind the wheel

News   •   May 13, 2019 15:20 BST

A victim who was left with multiple leg injuries and a bleed on the brain after she was involved in a collision in Mytchett in December 2018, has spoken out about the devastating effect it has had on her life.

The victim has also called on other drivers to think twice before drinking and getting behind the wheel after the driver involved in the collision was sentenced after pleading guilty to drink driving last week.

She said: “In a split second, whilst on the way to play music with friends, my entire life changed.

“I spent Christmas and New Year in a hospital bed in agony having suffered two broken legs and a brain injury. I am still unable to lead a normal active life. The plans I had for 2019, especially those with my husband, who was in the process of retiring as a firefighter, are now on hold. One of my three children has since left home to join the army, but this was completely shadowed by this event.

“I’m not expected to make a 100% recovery and the long-term consequences of my injuries are still unknown.

“In addition to the physical, emotional and psychological impact to myself, my family and friends, I have been unable to return to my job.

“I have tried to remain positive but have been further traumatised by the thought that I was left lying in the road in agony after the driver who hit me drove away. It was my friend who called an ambulance and passers-by who stayed with me until help arrived.”

The victim continued: “The thoughtless lack of good judgement which led the driver to get behind the wheel of a car whilst over the drink drive limit has had far-reaching consequences for me and were completely avoidable.

“I only hope that my experience and the sentence given highlights the devastating consequences that can result from a momentary lapse of judgement.”

The victim was rearranging the boot of her Citroen C1 when she was hit by a Ford Focus in Hamesmoor Road at the junction with Coleford Bridge Road in Mytchett on the evening of 16 December 2018.

The impact shunted the victim’s parked car across the road and knocked her unconscious. The driver then drove off without offering help or calling an ambulance. She returned to the scene around an hour and a half later when she was breathalysed.

The victim was taken to St George’s Hospital in Tooting where she remained for nine days, before being transferred to Frimley Park Hospital for a further 11 days.

PC Tom Maxwell, who investigated the incident, said: “This case highlights the consequences of the selfish and irresponsible behaviour of drivers who think they can drive whilst over the limit. The driver’s lapse of judgement in this case has had a devastating impact on the life of the victim, who is facing an uncertain future and may never walk unaided again.”

PC Maxwell added: “I hope that this case will act as a deterrent to other drivers who think they are above the law and can drink and drive, that it is just not worth it, and may end up destroying someone else’s life, as well as their own.”

*Christine Cann, 61, the driver of the Ford Focus, was given a 12 week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, disqualified from driving for 18 months for driving with excess alcohol and failing to stop, and given a £400 fine when she appeared at Guildford Magistrates’ Court last Tuesday (7 May).

Cann, of Hazlewood Drive, Mytchett, was sentenced after pleading guilty to driving whilst over the prescribed limit and failing to stop at the scene of a collision.