Driving ban for 57-year-old after East Knoyle crash left woman with life-changing injuries

A MAN convicted of dangerous driving after a crash which left a woman with life-changing injuries has been banned from driving.

Scott Hudson, of Whitton Croft Road, Bradford, pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by careless driving following a four-vehicle crash on the A350 at East Knoyle on July 15 last year.

The 57-year-old was driving a Ford Mondeo north on the A350 when he collided with the rear of a vehicle in front of him, shunting it into the path of a Volkswagen Transporter.

The VW Transporter then collided with another vehicle, causing the passenger of the VW to sustain serious injuries to her arm which became trapped between her vehicle and the road surface.

She was airlifted to hospital, and fortunately avoided amputation but has undergone significant surgeries since the crash.

In a victim impact statement supplied to the court the woman, who is in her 60s and from Dudley, described how the collision and the injuries she sustained have impacted her life.

“Having survived the confines of Covid, 2022 was to be our year of liberation and our brand new campervan was an integral part of our future plans,” she said.

“The accident crushed all our hopes and dreams – we lost money spent on tickets for music festivals and pre-booked camping for the summer.

“The accident brought back even harder mental and physical restrictions than we had enduring during Covid.

“The accident crippled our future plans, we have lost a year so far, healthy years that are incredibly previous in retirement.

“I will forever be reminded of the accident from the scars I now carry for the rest of my life.”

Hudson appeared at Salisbury Magistrates Court on November 24 and was given an 18-month community order to complete 300 hours of unpaid work and an 18-month driving disqualification. He was also ordered to pay £85 Crown Prosecution Service costs and a £114 victim surcharge.

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