‘Selfish’ dangerous driver jailed after causing a crash which left 10-year-old girl needing leg amputation

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·Freelance Writer
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
<em>Anthony Wright was travelling at speeds of up to 78mph in a 30mph limit before the crash (Police handout)</em>
Anthony Wright was travelling at speeds of up to 78mph in a 30mph limit before the crash (Police handout)

A driver has been jailed for nearly four years after causing a crash which left a 10-year-old girl needing part of her leg amputated.

Anthony Wright was travelling at speeds of up to 78mph in a 30mph limit before the crash, and then failed a roadside breath test.

His white Audi A5 hit a Seat Leon being driven by the girl’s mother in Hempstalls Lane, Newcastle-under-Lyme, on September 16 last year.

The youngster, who was sitting in the back of the car, suffered serious injuries and had to have part of her right leg amputated. Her mother was also badly hurt.

<em>Wright was jailed for 40 months and banned from driving for 64 months at Stoke Crown Court (Google)</em>
Wright was jailed for 40 months and banned from driving for 64 months at Stoke Crown Court (Google)

Wright, of Bradwell Lane, Newcastle-under-Lyme – less than a mile from the scene – failed a roadside breath test and then failed to provide a further sample at hospital.

Appearing at Stoke Crown Court on Tuesday, he admitted two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, failing to give a specimen of blood and failing to co-operate with a drug test.

He was jailed for 40 months by Judge Paul Glenn, and banned from driving for 64 months.

After release, he will have to pass an extended re-test before he can get back on the road.

MORE: Cadbury and Chewits become first companies to have adverts banned under new rules on advertising junk food to children
MORE: Police declare ‘major incident’ in Wiltshire as two people left critical after being ‘exposed to unknown substance’

Sergeant Rich Moors, of the serious collision investigation unit at Staffordshire Police, said: ‘The family have remained dignified throughout this process at this extremely difficult time.

‘I hope that the result of today’s court hearing sends out a clear message to drivers to observe the speed limit and not to drink and drive.

‘Due to the selfish actions of Anthony Wright, a young girl’s life has been changed beyond comprehension.

‘I would urge motorists to think before they consider driving in a dangerous manner.’

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting