A man has been jailed for 43 months after fleeing the scene of a collision which left a woman paralysed.Advertisement
James Brice, 29, of Abbott Court, Buckshaw Village, was sentenced at Preston Crown Court following the incident on May 8 last year.
Brice was the driver of a Volvo S60 which was travelling along the northbound motorway slip road at junction 28 of the M6. The vehicle lost control and left the carriageway before colliding with several trees.
Despite having a broken collarbone, Brice fled the scene and was located a short while later at his home address, where he was also found to be growing cannabis.
The 25-year-old female passenger, from Wigan, was taken to Royal Preston Hospital with spinal injuries. She has since been paralysed from the chest down.
Brice was later arrested and charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving and cultivating cannabis. On February 13 he was sentenced to 43 months for dangerous driving, with a further two months to run concurrently for producing cannabis.
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Sgt Dave Hurst, of the Lancashire Roads Policing Unit, said: “Brice cowardly left the scene of an accident which had left a young woman with devastating, life-changing injuries.
“Although nothing can compensate the woman for what she’s been through, and continues to go through, I hope the conclusion of legal proceedings will give her some closure and enable her to move forward with her life.
“Brice has thankfully been brought to justice and I now hope he uses his time in prison to reflect on the consequences of his actions.”