Driver jailed for crash resulting in girl losing her leg and death of family dog

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A 36-year-old driver has today been sentenced to 40 months' imprisonment at Stoke Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving which resulted in a victim losing her leg and the death of a family pet dog.

On 16 September 2017, Anthony Wright was driving an Audi A5 along Hempstalls Lane, Newcastle-under-Lyme, which has a speed limit of 30mph.

As he approached the junction with Beattie Avenue, a Seat Leon pulled out resulting in the Audi colliding with the offside of the car.

The emergency services were called and a 10-year-old passenger, who was sitting in the back of the Seat, was cut free from the wreckage and taken to hospital where her lower leg had to be amputated.

The family Scottie dog, who was also in the back, died in the collision.

Wright was arrested at the scene and he provided a positive breath test for alcohol. He later pleaded guilty to two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, failing to co-operate with a preliminary drug test and failing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis.

Douglas Marshall of the Crown Prosecution Service said: “When Anthony Wright’s car collided with the Seat, it was calculated that he was travelling at 78mph, which was over double the speed limit set for the stretch of residential road, and gave the other driver no chance to react.

“If he had been travelling at the 30mph speed limit, the collision would probably not have occurred, the victim would not have had her leg amputated and the family dog would not have died.

“Wright had been convicted at an earlier trial of assaulting the paramedic who dealt with him at the scene, having pleaded guilty to the abusive behaviour he demonstrated whilst being treated at hospital. When interviewed he protested his innocence, blaming the collision on the other driver. I hope this conviction provide some level of comfort for the victim and her family, whose lives have now changed forever as a result of Anthony Wright’s actions.”

Notes to editors

  • Douglas Marshall is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with CPS West Midlands
  • Anthony Wright D.O.B. is 12/11/1981

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