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Longer sentence call from wife of seriously injured car accident man

The wife of a man who received serious personal injury in an Ipswich car crash this year has called for harsher sentences to be available, as the defendant received a two-year sentence.

The road traffic accident occurred on July 10 when the man was struck from behind by a 20-year-old driver fleeing the police at 80 miles per hour. The Ipswich man's back was broken in the collision, and he suffered an arterial bleed in his knee.

His wife had been warned that a two-year sentence was the maximum allowed for dangerous driving in advance of the decision, but expressed a wish that it were higher.

"At the end of the day no sentence will make up for what has happened to my husband," she said. The recorder in the case acknowledged that the sentence may seem low but pointed out that it was only in cases where death had been caused that the tariff could rise.

The injured man suffered hours of surgery, and although he can now walk again, does so with a stick and a frame attached to his spine. He also faces future surgery. Neither he nor his wife has mentioned pursuing a compensation claim as a result of this serious car crash.



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