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Prison for disqualified driver involved in collision that left woman trapped in car

27 Dec, 2017 13:08 News Behind Bars

A man has been sentenced to 17 weeks in prison following a collision that left a woman with serious injuries and requiring extraction from her car. 

Karl Goddard, 29, of Alexandra Road in Aldershot appeared at Staines Magistrates Court on 22 December, where he pleaded guilty to driving whilst disqualified, failing to report an accident and driving without insurance. As well as the prison sentence, he will also receive an additional 16 months' disqualification from driving. 

This relates to a collision we attended shortly after 10pm on 11 November on Chobham Road in Frimley which involved two vehicles. 

The driver of one car, an 18-year-old woman was taken to hospital by ambulance after she was extracted from the vehicle by the fire service. Goddard left the scene following the collision. 

PC Dan Fuller of the Surrey Police Roads Policing Unit said:

"This is a reminder to anyone considering driving while disqualified that you can be caught. 

"There will be a good reason you're disqualified, so not only could you receive a prison sentence, you'll have your period of disqualification extended too.

"If you're disqualified from driving and you need to be somewhere, seek alternative means of transport.

"The woman involved in this collision was seriously injured and suffered multiple broken bones. Her life has been temporarily changed as a result of the collision. Fortunately, it could have been much worse.

"This man is now behind bars and unable to cause harm to others."

 

The victim, who is still using a wheelchair as she recovers from her injuries, said:


“I spent 5 days in hospital as I had suffered quite a few injuries. My pelvis was broken in three places, my hip was fractured, my sternum was fractured and my lungs were bruised. I am now back at home but still in pain. I find it difficult to get about and need help with basic tasks.”

 

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