Man convicted and jailed for causing serious injury by dangerous driving after woman left paralysed in West Norwood

09/11/2017

A man has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for causing serious injury by dangerous driving after a hit and run in West Norwood left one victim paralysed from the chest down.

Pascoe Petgrave, 21, from Croydon, mounted the pavement with his BMW at speed before colliding into two young women walking along Norwood High Street just after 4.30am on 29 May 2016.

The women were making their way home after a night out.

Petgrave failed to stop at the scene and told jurors he had mounted the pavement fearing for his life after being chased by two men armed with weapons.

His car, which had a smashed window screen as a result of the collision, was later seen in the forecourt of a local petrol station and once the footage of this was circulated among police officers, it was spotted by an officer patrolling in south London. The car was seized and Petrgrave was arrested after reporting his car stolen to police.

Following a three-day trial at Inner London Crown Court, Petgrave was convicted of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and sentenced to two years and six months in prison today [Thursday, 9 November]. He was also disqualified from driving for two years upon release and required to take an extended driving test at the end of the disqualification period.

Claudette Hamilton, CPS London South reviewing lawyer, said: "We used CCTV footage to demonstrate to the jury the total disregard Petgrave took for his actions. This callous individual, who was uninsured at the time, drove into both women from behind and fled the scene.  He did not report the collision to police, forcing the victim to take part in media appeals to identify him.

"This incident has had profound consequences for one victim. Her life has changed dramatically and she will now require round-the-clock care as a result of Petgrave’s actions.

"Dangerous driving can shatter lives and I hope this successful prosecution goes someway in bringing comfort to the victims and their families."

Notes

  • Pascoe Petgrave [30.11.1995] is from Croydon
  • He admitted three counts of making off without payment (petrol thefts) but denied causing serious injury by dangerous driving, which he was found guilty of at trial. Another count of driving a motor vehicle dangerously was left on file
  • Petgrave was sentenced to two years and six months for causing serious injury by dangerous driving and one month for each count of making off without payment to run concurrently
  • Claudette Hamilton is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS London South.