Man facing jail over car crash injuries to boy

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A man has admitted causing serious injury to a little boy by dangerous driving.

Two-year-old John James Michalowski was left paralysed from the chest down following a head-on collision on the Hemsworth bypass.

Daniel Thrower, 34, pleaded guilty to causing serious injury to the toddler, then 23-months-old, by dangerous driving when he appeared before a court.

The collision on the A628 on March 8 left the youngster with severe spinal injuries.

Thrower also admitted aggravated vehicle taking which involved him driving a Ford Mondeo dangerously on the bypass and causing the accident which injured three other people and damaged the Peugeot 407 they were travelling in .

Leeds Crown Court heard that Igor Michalowski, Llacia Michalowski and Leah Darley all suffered injury.

Richard Davies, defending, asked for sentencing to be adjourned until September 4 for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

Judge Guy Kearl QC, bailed Thrower, of Shakespeare Avenue, Doncaster, until his next appearance but warned him: “It’s almost inevitable that you will be sentenced to a custodial sentence and you know that.”

Members of the youngster’s family were in court to hear Thrower enter his guilty pleas.

The story of little John James - known as JJ - touched the hearts of hundreds of people who made donations following a campaign to help bring the youngster home from Leeds General Infirmary.

His parents are aiming to raise £10k to buy specialist equipment that will support JJ to sit upright and give him back some independence. Mum, Katy Michalowska, 27, from Sotuh Elmsall, said: “JJ is doing well at the moment, but we are still unable to bring him home as the house we are currently in is not suitable.

“We are amazed by all the support we have had so far. People are so kind.”

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