Drunk driver jailed for causing three people life- changing injuries
A 25-year-old woman has been jailed for three years and eight months and was disqualified from driving for seven years and ten months at Leeds Crown Court today (8 November) for causing three people, including an on-duty policeman, life-changing injuries.
Karolina Serafin pleaded guilty to three counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving at an earlier hearing.
The court heard that Serafin, who had earlier been drinking heavily, and whose blood alcohol level was later established to be over twice the legal limit, got in her car and drove through central Wakefield in the early hours of 11 July 2021.
Travelling at nearly 38 mph in a 30 mph limit, the defendant's vehicle mounted the kerb and collided with a police van whose driver was investigating a minor disturbance at the Black Horse public house.
The three victims, including the police officer, were standing in front of the van and Serafin drove into them, pinning some or all of them against the van. The police vehicle moved about five metres backwards from the force of the impact.
The first victim, a 30-year-old electrician, was taken to LGI after being resuscitated at the scene. He had multiple injuries including scalp and facial injuries requiring repair by a plastic surgeon and a dislocated right elbow which required reduction. His main injury was to his left leg which had multiple injuries involving fractures, muscles, skin, arteries and soft tissue. In an emergency operation, he was given a blood transfusion but the leg could not be saved. It was surgically amputated through the knee. He will never work again as an electrician.
The second victim, a mother of two children under ten, sustained a traumatic amputation of the left lower leg and associated fractures and other damage. She has endured a series of at least five operations. She remains substantially disabled and cannot care for her children, relying on other members of the family to help her.
The third victim, a police officer, was also taken to the LGI with serious leg injuries involving a fractured knee and an open compound fracture of the right leg. He was in hospital for a month and underwent a series of operations. Surgeons were able to save his leg.
Daniel Lee, from the CPS said: "This was an absolutely shocking incident which has left three people with grave and life-altering injuries.
"Due to Serafin’s unbelievably reckless behaviour, the lives of three people will be forever changed.
"Serafin is now beginning her prison sentence. I hope this is of some comfort to the victims and their families."
Notes to editors
- Karolina Serafin d.o.b. 18/7/96
- Daniel Lee is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with CPS Yorkshire and Humberside