‘Driver did THIS to our girl – and got a slap on the wrist’
Parents’ anger over sentence for man who left schoolgirl for dead
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