Young mum who lost leg in 81mph BMW hit-and-run gets 'justice' as driver jailed

A young Scots mum whose leg was instantly severed after a hit-and-run driver mowed her down finally got "justice" when he was jailed today.

Kerrie Lavery, 25, from Drumchapel, suffered the life-changing injury after being struck by Thomas Granger at 81mph as he tore into her in his BMW near Clydebank, Dunbartonshire, on October 2, 2021.

The impact was so severe the mum-of-one suffered an immediate above-the-knee amputation and was confined to a wheelchair as she endured gruelling surgery and physio treatments.

Her friend Alanah Boyle, 29, also suffered a fractured pelvis as she was struck while walking arm-in-arm with Kerrie.

Granger was jailed on Friday for 33 months at Dumbarton Sheriff Court for what was branded by a sheriff as a “disgraceful” crime.

Kerrie, who was represented by Digby Brown lawyers and is bravely continuing life with a prosthetic said,: “I can’t pretend the collision didn’t have a profound impact on my life because it did.

“No one expects to suffer an injury like this but I’ve really tried to do my best to stay positive and keep leading as normal a life as possible because I really believe that ‘life-changing’ doesn’t have to mean ‘life-ending’.

“I don’t really know what to say about the driver… he got more jail time than I expected so that’s something.

“I’m not a bitter or vengeful person but I think it is right that he is held accountable as everything that happened around this incident sends a really strong message to people about road safety and justice so it’s important that it has, I guess, an appropriate ending."

Kerrie had left a mental health charity event around midnight with friends on the night she was hit and after they failed to find a taxi they decided to walk home. They stopped at a petrol station to buy refreshments then walked to a nearby pedestrian crossing to cross Great Western Road.

But as Kerrie and Alanah crossed they were mowed down by Granger’s white BMW 220d Sport.

Crash investigators and CCTV analysis confirmed that Granger was driving at around 81mph – more than double the 40mph limit. Granger carried on driving until he doubled back at Drumry Roundabout to revisit the scene.

The rest of Kerrie’s group thought Granger was a passer by and when he stopped they asked him to call an ambulance.

But when they realised he was the one who caused the crash Granger then sped off – he was caught by cops around 40 minutes later sitting in his car.

Alanah from Paisley, Renfrewshire added: “That was the first night I met Kerrie but the aftermath resulted in us becoming very close.

“I was lucky to not be more significantly injured but I’ve always struggled with survivor’s guilt – I’m just proud to see how Kerrie has recovered and maintains her positivity. She’s properly inspirational.

“Jail for the driver is the only fair outcome here – he has shown no remorse and worsened our trauma by maintaining a not guilty plea until the very last minute just to stay free as long as possible."

Granger was also banned from driving for seven years.

Passing sentence Sheriff William Gallacher said: “This can only be described as disgraceful.

“Your driving was dangerous and left people with serious, life-long injuries – the victim impact statements made for profound and difficult reading – added to your leaving the scene which can only be described as incomprehensible.”

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