Drunk lorry driver given jail sentence after hitting teenager in Coalville - leaving victim with 'serious' and extensive injuries
By Coalville Nub News Reporter
7th Dec 2022 | Local News
A 17-year-old was left with extensive injuries - including a bleed on the brain, punctured lung and a fractured spine - after being struck by a drunk driver in Coalville.
The teenager was crossing the road at a pedestrian crossing on the A511, Stephenson Way, when he was hit by an HGV driven by, the defendant, 53-year-old Wojciech Miroslaw Mazur, during the morning of September 26, when he went through a red light at a pedestrian crossing and collided with the victim.
When Mazur was breathalysed at the scene, he tested positive and was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and later causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
Witnesses described Mazur as driving erratically prior to the collision and at excessive speeds.
He was subsequently charged with the offences and pleaded guilty to both charges at his first appearance at Leicester Magistrates' Court last month.
Today (Wednesday, December 7) he was sentenced to a total of two years and six months in prison.
He was also disqualified from driving for a total of 50 months and will have to take a mandatory re-test.
The victim's treatment for extensive injuries including a bleed on the brain, broken ribs, punctured lung, fractures to his pelvis and spine, remains ongoing.
Detective Inspector Steve Kilsby from the force's Serious Collision Investigation Unit (SCIU), said: "This case clearly demonstrates the devastating effects drink and drug driving can have; in this case leaving a young man with serious injuries caused by the defendant who drives for a living.
"I hope that the sentence will enable him to reflect on his decision.
"My officers will deal robustly with those who get behind the wheel and drive in this manner; our message is clear – don't do it - you will face serious consequences for yourself and others, this could mean losing your driving licence through disqualification or a prison sentence, all of which in turn could affect your personal circumstances with employment and in the worst cases, cause the death of someone else through these actions.
"Nationally on average over the last three years, there have been 200 fatalities and over 900 seriously injured in Great Britain through the direct actions of drink and drug driving.
"A number of teams within the force and the Road Safety Partnership work tirelessly on these issues to keep communities safe on the roads."