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Girl, 8, writes letter to drink driver who 'nearly killed' her mum

Isabelle (left), mum Amelia Elce (middle) and her sister Chloe (right). Credit: BPM Media

An eight-year-old girl has written a letter to a drink driver who almost killed her mum after driving on the wrong side of the road.

Mum Amelia Elce was travelling home on the A60 Leeming Lane North in Mansfield on September 21.

A vehicle driving on the wrong side collided with her head-on and sent the North Notts College teacher's car spinning into a ditch.

Driver Thomsz Niedziela, 35, of Mansfield, pleaded guilty to driving over the limit.

He was found to have no less than 156 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80mg.

Niedziela was sentenced to a 20-month driving ban, fined £590, ordered to pay a £59 victim surcharge and £85 costs at Mansfield Magistrates' Court.

Following the incident, Isabelle wrote a letter in her bedroom, addressed to Niedziela, telling him "you nearly killed my mummy".

The letter Isabelle wrote to Thomsz Niedziela after he injured her mother in a car crash. Credit: BPM Media

The letter was addressed to 'the man who drank the alcohol' read:

On that night when you drank alcohol and went in your car you nearly killed my mummy! "She had to go in an ambulance with blood pouring out of her head and I nearly didn't have a mummy anymore. "So please don't ever do that again. "Thank you."

– Isabelle:

Amelia says she is still suffering psychologically after the crash and is too fearful to drive a car again.

She said she hopes to recover from the incident and 'will drive again one day'.

The mum from Mansfield went on to say she has not been 'sleeping well' since the collision and been prescribed sleeping tablets.

She's also been referred for physio treatment and counselling.

Amelia said she was 'so proud of Isabelle for writing her letter' and that Niedziela realises the 'massive impact his 'actions have had on me and my family'.

She hopes that by sharing her story it makes people think twice about 'getting behind the wheel after having a drink'.

Amelia Elce's car after it was smashed into head-on by Thomsz Niedziela. Credit: BPM Media

Nottinghamshire Police say 144 people have been arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

23 of drug driving and three people of both during the drink and drive campaign which ran from December 1 until January 1 last year.

Of those, 48 had been involved in a crash.

Isabelle’s letter shows just how damaging and impacting drink driving can be.

"Our message is simple - drink and drug drivers will not be tolerated on Nottinghamshire's roads."

"I hope Isabelle and her family continue to recover from this traumatic incident and on behalf of Nottinghamshire Police I’d like to wish them all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year."

– Nottinghamshire Police, Chief Inspector Claire Rukas:

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