Apparently This Is How We Punish A Driver Who Skips A Red Light And Leaves A Victim In A Coma
The devastated family of a teenager who received life-changing injuries, after a car jumped a red light and hit her, are hoping for a law change after being told the driver just faces a fine and points on his license.
Miriam Parker, 18, was in a coma for a month following the collision at a pelican crossing in South Croydon on New Year’s Day. Despite defying doctors’ warnings she might die, she is alive but will need round-the-clock care for the rest of her life..
The crash left the teenager, with a severe brain injury and reduced mobility, leaving her unable to return to her family’s home in Charlston when she leaves the Children’s Trust centre in Tadwort, where she has been undergoing intensive rehabilitation since leaving hospital in March.
Amin Aminullah, 40, of Addington Road, Selsdon, last month admitted driving without due care and attention – a charge that means he may not lose his licence despite leaving the Archbishop Tenison’s High School pupil’s life “turned upside down”.
Her family – including mother Davina, 53, and sisters Kirsty, 21, and Loren, 19 – plan to campaign for a change to the law, which currently does not take into account the seriousness of the injury inflicted by careless driving.
Despite the family’s appeals, Crown Prosection Service decided there was insufficent evidence to charge Aminullah with the more serious offence of dangerous driving.
Davina said: “I’m grateful that she is still alive but our lives have been turned upside down. She is going to need help for the rest of her life. For a parent that is a horrendous thought. You’re not always going to be there.
“Miriam feels she has lost her life. She has lost her independence. Everything has changed completely. All her friends are going to university.”
Source: The Sutton Guardian