Teenage girl left brain damaged in crash with speeding driver
A young driver involved in a road traffic accident that left a teenage girl in a coma has pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention.
The 20-year-old from Renishaw in Derbyshire had been exceeding the speed limit along the A6135 in September 2010 when he crashed into a taxi.
The car crash left his 14-year-old passenger with severe personal injuries, including a broken neck, brain damage, internal injuries and broken bones. As a result of the accident she was left in a coma for two months before waking up in November.
Now 16-years-old the teenage girl requires round-the-clock-care and has been unable to return to her school. Fortunately she has been able to walk again and her speech has returned, despite being slurred.
The driver of the speeding car pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at Derby Crown Court and was given six points on his licence, which was also revoked. He was also ordered to pay a £250 fine and £850 in court costs.
It has not yet been reported whether the injury victim will be seeking road traffic accident compensation.
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