Lorry driver jailed after causing crash which left student with bleed on brain [VIDEO]
11 November 2019 National
David Price, 65, of Chapel Lane, Manby, Lincolnshire, was driving dangerously when he smashed into the back of a Renault Clio on the A17 in Newark.
The Clio then collided into the back of an Audi A1 ahead of it, which then hit the back of another lorry further ahead.
Price was driving at 55mph (88kmph) and only applied the brakes 15 meters away from the Clio, colliding with it at 49mph (78kmph).
"At 55mph it would have taken approximately 50 metres for the lorry to apply emergency braking and stop," a Nottinghamshire Police spokesperson said.
The driver of the Clio, a student at Leeds University, suffered serious life-changing injuries, including a bleed on her brain, a broken back and neck, as well as a broken arm, broken ribs and a broken nose.
Nottinghamshire Police said the student required a number of operations for her injuries and was forced to withdraw from university.
In a personal statement, the victim said she "believed she was going to die that day" and felt "lucky to have survived" the crash.
The Audi driver was a woman travelling to Leeds to visit her daughter. Her injuries were also significant, according to the police, and required her to have time off work.
Inspector Heather Sutton said: "We have issued the dashcam footage, with the agreement of the victims, as a warning to drivers to pay attention when behind the wheel.
"Price’s dangerous driving caused catastrophic life-changing injuries within the space of a few seconds.
"It could all have been avoided if he had paid attention when behind the wheel. Now he has time to reflect on the consequences of his actions in prison."