Car crash ‘has given me a pos­i­tive out­look’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By David Rivers

A hANWeLL mu­si­cian with a his­tory of de­pres­sion has spo­ken of how be­ing cut out a car fol­low­ing a crash has given him a ‘pos­i­tive out­look on life’.

Pa­trick Alice Draven was a pas­sen­ger when the car he was trav­el­ling in was in­volved in a col­li­sion on Novem­ber 6, on the A40 junc­tion with Hicks Av­enue, in Green­ford.

The 28-year-old, a pro­ducer and solo artist under the name Alice Draven, suf­fered cuts to the head and arm.

Re­call­ing the ter­ri­fy­ing mo­ment the car crashed, he told the Gazette: “I was head­ing home with some food. It was just a nor­mal day, it must have gone 8pm.”

He said he did not re­mem­ber any­thing un­usual hap­pen­ing.

“Be­fore I knew it I heard a loud thud, then we were spin­ning, and then there was glass ev­ery­where,” he said.

“It was al­most like some­one pressed pause and fast for­ward.”

Emer­gency ser­vices rushed to the scene and pro­ceeded to cut him out of the ve­hi­cle, re­mov­ing the car’s roof in the process after re­al­is­ing he was trapped.

The pi­anist, who suf­fered con­cus­sion dur­ing the crash, said: “My leg was trapped against the car door.

“I will be able to play the gui­tar but it will take a lit­tle bit of time.

“I didn’t re­alise how trapped I was.

“It was a re­ally cold night. I re­mem­ber they were say­ing ‘the door’s not go­ing to open’.

“They tried open­ing and I got feel­ing back in my leg. So they said ‘we’re go­ing to cut you out the car’.”

The mar­ried WWE fan said the col­li­sion has given him a new per­spec­tive on life, hav­ing suf­fered from de­pres­sion and hav­ing prob­lems with self-harm­ing.

“You don’t think it is go­ing to hap­pen to you.

“As soon as they cut the car I thought this is go­ing to be re­ally scary,” said Mr Draven, who has lived in Hanwell his en­tire life

“The first thing I wanted to do was let my mis­sus know I’m okay.

“I’m very, very lucky. It is only now I see the state of the car I thought ‘wow I was in that’.

“It was a shock to the sys­tem.

“I’ve suf­fered de­pres­sion and things like self-harm, so now I see that it was a huge wake up, how for­tu­nate I am to still be talk­ing.

“It has given me a more pos­i­tive out­look on life.”

Fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent, Eal­ing Metropoli­tan po­lice re­leased an im­age of the crum­pled car on Twit­ter.

Of­fi­cers ar­rested John Bar­ber, of Wil­liam Close, Southall, be­fore charg­ing him with drink driv­ing in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent. The 50-year-old ap­peared at Uxbridge Mag­is­trates Court on Novem­ber 22.

He was dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for 17 months when he ad­mit­ted driv­ing after con­sum­ing so much al­co­hol it ex­ceeded the limit.

He was also re­quested by court to carry out a drink driv­ing course and pay £525 in fees fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent, which took place on Novem­ber 6.

The court heard Bar­ber had 78 mi­cro­grams of al­co­hol in 100 millil­itres of breath, which is more than dou­ble the limit of 35 mi­cro­grams.

‘Re­AllY SCARY’: The car after the crash and (be­low) Pa­trick Alice Draven

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