An Oldham woman who knocked down a cyclist while drug driving has been told by a Judge in Manchester to warn her children that she may not be coming home when she appears in court for sentencing.
The 32-year-old woman was six times the legal drug driving limit when she crashed into a 58-year-old cyclist in Oldham in October 2017.
The cyclist was thrown over the roof of the woman’s car and suffered serious injuries, including a fractured skull.
Her lawyer told the Court at Minshull Street, Manchester, that the woman had not yet told her children about the case.
“She told me that she simply won’t be able to tell them that mummy is not coming home. The impact on her children will be enormous.”
The prosecution told the hearing that the incident took place at a junction after the woman had been out for a family mean with her youngest daughter and the girl’s father.
Simon Blakebrough, prosecuting, said: “She was not wearing her glasses which was a requirement on her driving licence and that evening at around 6.50pm [the victim] was cycling home from work.
“He had just started cycling from a road junction when he was struck from behind – he was not travelling fast and he was clearly visible to oncoming drivers
“The collision caused him to be thrown onto the windscreen of the VW Golf, onto the roof of the vehicle and subsequently onto the road. The victim was wearing reflective and clothing, his blue jacket had reflective panels on it. The bike has lights on that were illuminated.
“She had failed to have regard for obvious road users, had drugs in her system and was not wearing her glasses as instructed.”
The victim spent three weeks in hospital having suffered a severe traumatic brain injury, soft tissue injury to the shoulder, and a fractured right ankle.
He suffered a number of seizures during his stay in hospital and was admitted to an intensive care unit. He is still undergoing treatment and still suffers from dizziness and concentration problems. He has not been able to return to his job as an HGV driver and will have to reapply for his license.
Immediately following the incident the woman failed a roadside drug test and standard eye test. While she admitted taking cocaine 48 hours before the incident, tests suggested she had taken it as little as 12 hours prior due to the quantity of the cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine in her system.
Her lawyer, Rachel Shenton, told the court “It was also not actual cocaine in her system but the metaboliser and this was what put her over the limit.”
“The results suggest she consumed cocaine 12-24 hours prior to the incident but the defendant says she took it on the Monday evening. On that day she went out for a meal and deliberately did not consume any alcohol because she was driving with her young daughter in the car.
“She genuinely believed that she was safe and she would never have driven, not just for the safety of her children, but for the safety of others, if she had believed so. She simply would not do it.
“She says her windscreen wipers were on full so it was raining at the time. She accepts that she was not wearing her glasses and was distracted by her daughter in the car.
“She has two daughters, and neither of them knows about this case. She has been unable to tell them.”
Judge Bernadette Baxter bailed the woman prior to sentencing pending a report, saying: “I want you to face up to what you did. Sitting here crying will not help your children. You cannot just bury your head in the sand.
“You need to speak to your family and you need to tell your children what could possibly happen. The fact is that me adjourning does not give any indication on the ultimate sentence where the most likely outcome is still an immediate custodial sentence.”
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