Drink driver ruined carer’s life

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A senior carer suffered “life-changing” injuries when her car was hit almost head-on by a drink driver.

Paula Parker, who had to be cut free from her Ford Fiesta car following the early morning collision last April, was sat in court in a wheelchair as 22-year-old student Jamie Baldock was locked up for three years after he admitted an offence of causing serious injuries by dangerous driving.

Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday that Baldock had been on a night out with his friends, but when he couldn’t stay over at a friend’s home he tried to sleep in his mum’s car.

Just before 7am the next morning Baldock decided to drive back home, but after two-and-a-half miles he was distracted and smashed into Mrs Parker’s car. She had to be cut free by the fire brigade before she was taken to Leeds General Infirmary.

The court heard that Mrs Parker had to undergo surgery to remove her spleen and part of her small intestine and was told she would never fully recover her injuries. Miss Young read from Mrs Parker’s victim personal statement in which she described how she suffered flashbacks and was now unable to walk very far. Mrs Parker, who will be on various medication for the rest of her life, was said to be in constant pain and she described her injuries as being “life-changing”.

The judge said Baldock had caused “irreparable, permanent and long-lasting serious harm” to the complainant and it was all unnecessary.