Woman jailed for causing serious injury by dangerous driving - Houghton Regis

07/06/2016

A woman who lost control of a car on a blind bend after smoking crack cocaine and ploughed into another vehicle head on has today, Tuesday, 07 June 2016 been jailed for 32 months and disqualified from driving for 5 years.

Luton Crown Court heard today that Kelly Bramwell's first reaction after causing the crash was to tell rescuers she had been drinking and to move her into the passenger seat.

Today, Bramwell, aged 36, of Milton Way ,Houghton Regis near Dunstable pleading guilty to three charges of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. She also admitted having no insurance and no valid driving licence.

Prosecutor Edward Hollingsworth told the court how at lunchtime on Saturday, 31 January 2015, Bramwell went to the home of her friend where she smoked a crack cocaine pipe. That afternoon she asked her friend for a lift from Houghton Regis to the home of her stepfather in Toddington. Her friend explained to her that he couldn't drive her because he had been drinking, but he let her get behind the wheel of his Ford Fiesta and he got in to the passenger seat beside her. She was not insured to drive the vehicle and only had a provisional driving licence.

Judge Philip Bartle, hearing the case, was then told how as Bramwell drove along the A5120 Bedford Road between Houghton Regis and Toddington and shortly after 2.30pm took a sharp blind bend much too fast. Mr Hollingsworth said she lost control of the car and veered into the oncoming lane, colliding head on with an Audi coming in the opposite direction.

In the collision, the Audi driver, who was driving three children to a party, suffered two broken vertebrae in her spine. Her nephew suffered a subdural haemorhage when bleeding began inside his skull and on the surface of his brain. The court was told that Bramwell's friend suffered a punctured lung caused by a broken rib.

Bramwell, who had suffered a hip injury and was trapped behind the wheel, was heard to tell people at the scene she had been drinking and to move her across to the passenger seat.

Mr Hollingsworth said the Audi driver spent five days in hospital, and had to wear a neck brace for 12-weeks because of her fractured spine. She was off work for four months. The court was told her nephew faces years of tests and treatment.

Bramwell, who had five previous convictions for a total of nine offences including shoplifting, possessing a false identity document and false imprisonment, was found to have traces of methadone and cocaine in her blood after the crash. She arrived at court today with the aid of crutches because of the injuries she received in the crash.

Asked by the Judge if she wanted to say anything before he passed sentence, Bramwell said: "I think you should give me the maximum sentence. I have lost a child myself and I can't apologise enough for being so irresponsible. I am so, so sorry."

The Judge said it had been estimated, by accident investigators, that Bramwell had been travelling at between 38 to 41 miles per hour when she entered the blind bend, which had been much too fast. He said there was no evidence that she had applied her brakes before the collision.

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