Woman hit by disqualified driver says her life was ruined
A WOMAN who almost lost a limb after being driven into by a disqualified driver says the crash has changed her life.
Charlotte Dowle, from Gorseinon, was driving to visit her parents on the morning of June 24 , when banned driver 24-year-old Jordan Kane Evans, careered into the side of her vehicle.
The impact wrote her car off, breaking her leg and trapping her inside. Two other drivers had already had near misses with Evans, who was jailed yesterday, before he hit Charlotte.
She has spoken to the Post about the crash to highlight how such incidents can ruin the lives of both the victim and the person at fault in the hope others will drive carefully.
Charlotte recounted how as she waited for emergency services to come to her aid, she used her mobile phone to call her parents and fiancee Richard — whom she paid tribute to for their support since.
Charlotte, a teaching assistant at Terrace Road Primary School in Townhill, said she saw Evans coming towards her, at speed, on the wrong side of the road.
“It went straight into the side of me. It took emergency services 45 minutes to cut me out. It was really painful.
“They took me to Morriston Hospital and I had to stay there for weeks.
“It has totally affected my mobility, and I’m still on crutches. It just ruined my life. Or rather, it has been ruined, but I refuse to let it be ruined any more.”
The 27-year-old needed lengthy reconstructive surgery on her knee and has been told she could face serious arthritis in later years.
She added: “I am lucky to have my fiancee Richard [Arnold] and my parents, as well as my friends, who have been amazing. But I haven’t been able to return to work, and I miss the children and want to go back.”
Charlotte’s father Philip spoke of the pain of seeing the effect on his daughter.
He said: “When we went to see Charlotte in hospital she was hooked up to drips, and her leg was so badly damaged that she had a limb-threatening injury, as all her veins had been tangled up in the crash.
“She used to be such a happy girl, but she is so different. She has been so depressed, and she still has to undergo physiotherapy.
“She used to run a play group, some of the children had special needs, but she obviously hasn’t been able to do that. It makes me so angry that a scum bag can do what he has done.”
Evans, of Clas y Bedw, admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving, making off without payment, driving while disqualified and with no insurance. He already had a previous dangerous driving conviction from 2011, for which he was banned.
Jailing him for 32 months at Swansea Crown Court Judge Keith Thomas, said: “It’s clear to me you have no concerns to any other road users and have consistently ignored the responsibility given to somebody who drives a motor vehicle, caring about nobody except yourself.”
Evans was also banned for five years. His solicitor Stuart John told the court he does not intend to drive ever again.