‘Driver did THIS to our girl – and got a slap on the wrist’

Par­ents’ anger over sen­tence for man who left school­girl for dead

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY LUKE TRAYNOR luke.traynor@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @Visiter

THE dis­traught par­ents of a school­girl left with hor­rific in­juries after she was hit by a van re­vealed their fury as the driver was spared a jail sen­tence.

Stephen and Sharon Addy spoke out after daugh­ter Ge­or­gia, then 15, was hit by a van driven by Lee Griffiths as she walked home from school in Burscough.

The teenager was air­lifted to Alder Hey Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal where she spent three months bat­tling se­vere head in­juries.

Lee Griffiths, 29, from Maghull, was given a fine and a short driv­ing ban.

THE par­ents of a 15-year-old girl, left for dead by a van driver who drove off after he hit her, have spoken spoke of their fury that he was spared a jail sen­tence.

Ge­or­gia Addy had to be placed in an in­duced coma fol­low­ing the hor­ror ac­ci­dent as she walked home from school in Burscough last Septem­ber.

The teen was air­lifted to Alder Hey Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal in Liverpool, where she spent three months bat­tling se­vere head in­juries.

Lee Griffiths, 29, from Maghull, avoided a prison sen­tence and in­stead got a fine and a short driv­ing ban.

Ge­or­gia’s par­ents Stephen and Sharon re­vealed their up­set over his pros­e­cu­tion.

Stephen said: “Griffiths drove along the pave­ment at 30mph and didn’t stop un­til 65 me­tres after he hit Ge­or­gia.

“He didn’t phone emer­gency ser­vices. Ge­or­gia bounced onto his wind­screen and smashed all her face.

“She was flung ten feet high, bounced off a wall, and knocked through a small tree so that her strands of hair were left be­hind in the branches.

“Ge­or­gia was two doors away from home when she was hit, and after fly­ing through the air, she landed in the pa­tio area of one of our neigh­bours.

“The guy who found her told me that noth­ing could pre­pare him for what he saw – he said you don’t ex­pect to see that on your doorstep – her face was such a mess.”

Ge­or­gia’s par­ents have re­leased new photos which show the hor­rific ex­tent of their daugh­ter’s in­juries in the af­ter­math of the in­ci­dent.

Stephen, 61, said: “Ge­or­gia is not the same girl now. We lost her that day, and now we’re try­ing to get her back to where she was.

“My daugh­ter was on her own for 11 min­utes after he hit her and then left.

“Griffiths has got off with a slap on the wrist and it’s to­tally wrong.”

Mum Sharon, 57, who has can­cer and has been told she has “months to live”, said: “He car­ried on driv­ing (after the col­li­sion), he never stopped, toss­ing her up like a rag doll. “She had hor­ren­dous in­juries. “He rang ev­ery­body ex­cept the emer­gency ser­vices – surely the jus­tice sys­tem should give vic­tims and their fam­i­lies some sort of clo­sure?

“But this has not hap­pened in our case.

“Griffiths wasn’t watch­ing the road – what was he do­ing? He never even braked.

“Wayne Rooney was re­cently given a two-year driv­ing ban, and he didn’t hit any­one. It’s ab­so­lutely crazy.”

Griffiths ad­mit­ted driv­ing with­out due care and at­ten­tion, was dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for a year, and fined £500, at Pre­ston Crown Court.

Ge­or­gia Addy was left with se­vere head in­juries

Ge­or­gia in hospi­tal

Ge­or­gia Addy

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