18 year old Miriam Parker spent six weeks in a coma after she was hit when crossing a pelican crossing in South Croydon on New Year’s Day. The accident left Miriam with severe brain damage and reduced mobility which has prevented the aspiring nurse from going to university. The injury means she will need care for the rest of her life.
The driver who hit her, 40-year-old Amin Aminullah of Selsdon, Croydon, walked free from court in July. He was banned from driving for four years and fined £1,400 after admitting careless driving.
The police said “an unfortunate gap in the law” meant there was not a charge for causing serious injury by careless driving. The family of the teenager have started a campaign to try and get tougher penalties given to these drivers.
Her sister Lauren said “There must be a change to the law which means if a careless driver causes serious injury, they face a more serious charge”.
She went on to say “Miriam was in a coma for a month and a half. The doctors did tell us she was probably going to die. The fact that she is here and she can talk and walk at all is a miracle. We are so grateful but she is not the same person. How she has suffered and what our family has gone through does not compare to the man who did it to her just not being allowed in a car for four years”.
Miriam had been studying for her A-levels when the accident happened and even received university acceptance letters while she was in intensive care at St George’s Hospital in Tooting.
Gap in the law
Acting Detective Inspector Mark Woollard said after the sentencing that “There is an unfortunate gap in the law that does not allow a charge of causing serious injury by careless driving, which would have been more appropriate in this case”.
Road safety campaign charity, Brake, have backed the families calls and their spokesman, Dave Nichols, said “Unfortunately Miriam’s case is not an isolated one”.
He went on to say “Drivers who seriously injure are often let off with inadequate penalties, even when their victim has survived only because of the good work of the emergency services, and is left with permanent life-changing injuries”.
Source: Evening Standard