David Evans, Tameside, Greater Manchester, March 2010
David was left seriously injured when he was hit by an un-licenced driver who failed to give way at a crossroads. His injuries included a punctured lung, broken collar bone, broken nose, broken eye socket, bleeding on the brain, and all his ribs broken on his left side. David was off work for eight months.
The 19-year-old provisional licence holder had taken the vehicle without the owner’s permission and had driven straight across the junction without stopping, clipping David’s back wheel and sending him cartwheeling down the road.
At the scene, the driver exited the car, saw that David was unconscious and drove away. He abandoned the car and came back on foot to check if David was alive. A witness who had stayed at the scene then identified him to the police.
The driver was charged with driving otherwise in accordance with a licence and careless driving. He pleaded guilty and was banned from driving for six months, given six penalty points and ordered to pay £300 compensation.
The driver successfully appealed the order to pay compensation on the basis of hardship as it would have to be deducted from his benefits. David had to contact the court himself to find out what sentence the driver had received and to find out why he had not been compensated.