Driver jailed for knocking over and injuring Tesco employee

|News, Driving offences

A driver who knocked over and seriously injured a woman during an incident in a Tesco car park in Rickmansworth has been jailed today (18 March 2019) for 38 months.

Lucy Turner, 32, admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving when, in a bid to get away after being involved in a theft at the Tesco store, she drove onto a pavement in the car park and struck a supermarket employee, breaking her back.

The incident was witnessed by staff and shoppers in the car park just before Christmas last year.

Today’s 38 month sentence also included other charges that Turner had pleaded guilty to in relation to the incident; attempted theft from the supermarket; driving whilst disqualified; using a motor vehicle on a road/public place without third party insurance; being the driver of a vehicle that failed to stop after an accident; and failing to report the accident. In addition, the defendant had admitted theft at two other supermarkets.

Peter Burt of the CPS said: “Lucy Turner saw that the car park was full of people doing their Christmas shopping, and yet she drove extremely dangerously with a clear disregard for the safety of others.

“As a result, an innocent person who was among those trying to stop her getting away suffered serious injuries; injuries from which she has still not recovered.”

Notes to editors

  • Peter Burt is a Senior District Crown Prosecutor for CPS Thames and Chiltern
  • Lucy Turner (DOB 20 June 1986) was sentenced at St Albans Magistrates’ Court to 38 months in prison for causing serious injury by dangerous driving, and disqualified from driving for 54 months.

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