Police release shocking footage of lorry crash that left student with life-changing injuries

Police have released shocking dashcam footage of a lorry crash that left a student with life-changing injuries.

David Price, from Manby in Lincolnshire, was sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to dangerous driving. He was also handed a 29-month driving ban.

Price was driving on the A17 at Newark on the afternoon of June 8, 2018, when he failed to react in time to the queuing traffic ahead. His lorry smashed into the back of a Renault Clio, causing a chain reaction as the Clio collided into the back an Audi A1 which was launched forward into the back of a lorry.

The driver of the Clio, a Leeds University student who was travelling from Norwich to Leeds, suffered serious life-changing injuries including a bleed on her brain, a broken back, broken neck, broken arm, broken ribs and a broken nose. She needed a number of operations for her injuries and had to withdraw from university due to her injuries.

The driver of the Audi, who was travelling to Leeds to visit her daughter, also suffered significant injuries which resulted in her having time off work.In a victim personal statement she said she ‘believed she was going to die that day’ and felt ‘lucky to have survived’.

Prior to the crash, Price was driving at about 55mph as he approached the traffic, colliding with the back of the Clio at 49mph. Tests showed that he applied emergency braking when he was approximately 15 metres away from the Clio. At 55mph it would have taken approximately 50 metres for the lorry to apply emergency braking and stop.