Drug-driver who fled scene of serious crash that injured family has been jailed

Drug-driver who fled scene of serious crash that injured family has been jailed <i>(Image: Lancashire Police)</i>
Drug-driver who fled scene of serious crash that injured family has been jailed (Image: Lancashire Police)

A Barnoldswick drug-driver has been jailed for 20 months, following a crash which ended with him running away from a car on its roof, leaving a mum and two children injured and trapped inside.

On February 11, Michael Holian, 29, of Ash Grove, Barnoldswick, made the decision to get behind the wheel of a friend’s Audi A3 while under the influence of alcohol, cannabis and cocaine.

The crash happened in Fern Lea Avenue, Barnoldswick, after Holian got behind the wheel of a friend’s car.

He was travelling in the direction of the A59 when he crashed into a Vauxhall Zafira.

The Zafira was hit with such force it flipped onto its roof. A baby in the car suffered a large cut to his face and an injury to one of his feet, and a 12-year-old boy suffered a broken finger and lost some teeth.

A woman in the car suffered numerous cuts to her face which have left scarring.

Holian fled the scene and members of the public had to get the victims out of the car and call emergency services.

He returned later to admit he had been driving, and it was also found he had no insurance.

Earlier this month he pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, driving without insurance, drug-driving and failing to stop at the scene of a road accident.

Today (Monday, November 28), at Burnley Crown Court, he was sentenced to 20 months in prison and was disqualified from driving for three years.

PC Anthony Beckett, of the Lancashire Roads Policing Team, said: “There are almost no words for a case like this.

"Holian got behind the wheel under the influence of drink and drugs and crashed head-on into another vehicle.

“He then fled the scene, even though he was leaving children injured in the car.

“It is nothing but good luck that his victims weren’t more badly hurt, or even killed.

“Lancashire Police are committed to making the county safer by reducing road casualties.

"We launched our Christmas drink and drug-driving campaign earlier this month, and I hope this case shows the dangers of driving while drunk or on drugs.

"You may think you’re in control of the vehicle, but your reactions will be impaired, and you could easily kill or seriously injure yourself or someone else.

“It is never, ever worth it – as Michael Holian now knows.”