Young driver jailed over crash that left mum and daughter seriously injured

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A PAEDIATRIC speech therapist has been left struggling to talk herself after suffering devastating injuries when a speeding car ploughed into the side of her as she pull off her driveway, writes our court correspondent.

Adrienne Cave’s Mini Clubman was shunted 38 metres down the road by a Mercedes driven by 20-year-old Matthew Stark.

Stark, of Henley Road, Claverdon – just 400 yards from the scene of the crash – had overslept and was late leaving for college on the day of the crash in October last year, Warwick Crown Court heard.

He was estimated to have been doing 68mph at the moment of impact on a section of the road where  the limit changed from 40mph to 50mph.

Judge de Bertodano ignored Stark’s defence barrister’s plea for her to take a ‘merciful course and impose a sentence which does not result in him losing his liberty immediately’ and jailed him for two years.

The 20-year-old, who had pleaded guilty to two charges of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, was also banned for four years and will have to take a re-test before getting his licence back.

Mother-of-two Mrs Cave suffered severe life-threatening head and internal injuries, and after finally being freed from the wreckage she was airlifted to hospital where she was not anticipated to survive, her husband Tony told the court.

She was in hospital for four months and since her discharge has had to attend hospital on no fewer than 68 occasions – and was not at court for the hearing because she was undergoing yet another scan.

Her 17-year-old daughter, Naomi, who was also in the car, suffered a fractured pelvis and a punctured lung, but has made a full physical recovery.

Full story in next Thursday’s Herald.