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Dudley driver jailed for ploughing into woman
11:40am Wednesday 20th March 2013 in News
A 23-YEAR-OLD Dudley man has been jailed for two-and-a-half-years after ploughing into a woman while spinning his powerful BMW car, leaving her with horrific life-changing leg injuries.
Wolverhampton Crown Court was told there was smoke billowing from the squealing tyres of the convertible 3.2-litre car, given to Subhan Nawaz (pictured) as a graduation gift from his father, as he spun his car in the High Street, outside The Venue, before losing control and then mounting the pavement.
The high performance car hit Julie Doswell, her 15-year-old daughter and a close family friend just moments after they had been enjoying a meal.
Mrs Doswell, a teaching assistant, suffered multiple fractures and doctors had to battle to stop her left leg from being amputated, said Helena Miller prosecuting.
She said the 48-year-old had to undergo a series of major operations and spent three months in hospital and was still having to walk with the aid of crutches ten months after the accident.
Recorder Stuar t Sprawson told Nawaz, of Wellington Road: “Your driving in that way and your loss of control turned that car into a weapon.”
He said it was only the skill of the surgeons that had prevented Mrs Doswell from losing a leg but she had been left badly traumatised , she felt her “world and her family had been turned upside down” and she had been left scarred for life.
Miss Miller told Wolverhampton Crown Court Mrs Doswell was still not sure when she would be able to return to the classroom to do the job she loved.
She said her daughter and friend had both escaped with minor injuries but they too had both been badly affected by the incident and they were suffering from flashbacks and nightmares.
Andrew Molloy, defending, described it as “a brief reckless act that was over in seconds” as he told the court: “He had been given the car just weeks earlier by his father and he now regrets making it a present.
“It was a very powerful car and he applied far too much power causing it to slide and fishtail out of control. The car has now been taken away from him by his father who, for a time, did not want him in the house.”
Nawaz admitted driving dangerously and inflicting grievous bodily harm and he was further banned from driving for five years.
The Recorder also stressed the terrible injuries the victim had suffered were some of the worst he had seen in his career.