Jail for driver in crash which paral­ysed two young sis­ters

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS -

A DRIVER who smashed his com­pany 4x4 into an on­com­ing car dur­ing a road rage chase, paralysing two young sis­ters, has been jailed for four years and six months.

Ka­t­rina and Kar­lina Raiba, now aged eight and six, were left with spinal cord in­juries af­ter the dev­as­tat­ing crash on the A509 in Welling­bor­ough, Northamp­ton­shire, on Oc­to­ber 3 last year.

Northamp­ton Crown Court heard that Jaguar Land Rover man­ager An­drew Nay was “bul­ly­ing” a woman driv­ing a Mazda peo­ple car­rier be­fore the smash hap­pened.

Video footage played to the court - and later re­leased by the fam­ily shows Nay, 39, of Har­rier Close, Weldon, Corby, pulling right across a junc­tion in his Land Rover Dis­cov­ery into the path of the vic­tims’ Vauxhall Signum.

He ad­mit­ted four counts of caus­ing se­ri­ous in­jury by dan­ger­ous driv­ing, but de­nied chas­ing the Mazda be­fore the crash.

Judge Adri­enne Luck­ing QC said: “This was a pro­longed, per­sis­tent and de­lib­er­ate course of very bad driv­ing.

“No sen­tence I can pass will ever feel like enough for this fam­ily.”

Nay was seen laugh­ing and smil­ing with his pas­sen­ger mo­ments be­fore the col­li­sion.

De­scrib­ing the ev­i­dence against Nay as over­whelm­ing, Judge Luck­ing said he had “har­ried” the peo­ple car­rier af­ter be­ing pre­vented from leaving a round­about on the A14.

The judge told Nay: “I have heard ev­i­dence from a se­ries of wit­nesses trav­el­ling in the same di­rec­tion as the Land Rover.

“In each case their ev­i­dence was given in mea­sured terms, without ex­ag­ger­a­tion. By con­trast I found the de­fen­dant’s ev­i­dence un­con­vinc­ing and in­con­sis­tent.”

Com­ment­ing af­ter the court’s rul­ing, Kar­lina and Ka­t­rina’s par­ents, Roberts Raibais and Re­nate Raiba, said their lives had been “com­pletely shat­tered” by Nay’s ac­tions and that no sen­tence would be enough.

The cou­ple, orig­i­nally from Latvia, suf­fered bro­ken bones in the crash. They said in a state­ment: “An­drew Nay’s reck­less ac­tions had dev­as­tat­ing con­se­quences for our two beau­ti­ful daugh­ters.

“Ka­t­rina and Kar­lina were happy, ac­tive chil­dren and he has robbed them of that.

“We will never be able to for­give him.

“Ev­ery day they ask ‘when will we start feel­ing our legs again?’ They think it’s go­ing to get bet­ter and it’s too hard to tell them.”

Rep­re­sent­ing the fam­ily, Richard Lang­ton, a se­ri­ous in­jury spe­cial­ist from law firm Slater and Gor­don, added: “This is one of the most heart­break­ing cases I have ever had to deal with.

“Nay was an ex­pe­ri­enced driver, yet his com­plete dis­re­gard for other road users has left two in­no­cent chil­dren paral­ysed from the waist down.

“Be­cause of him Ka­t­rina and Kar­lina face a life­time of pro­found dis­abil­ity.”

Dur­ing the trial, wit­nesses said Nay’s Land Rover was so close they could not see its head­lights in their rear view mir­rors.

The former lo­cal au­thor­ity em­ployee, who worked on the launch of the Land Rover Dis­cov­ery 3, was driv­ing within a car length of other mo­torists in heavy traf­fic on Oc­to­ber 3 last year.

Mo­torist Fraser Hopes’ Mercedes was un­der­taken by Nay as he waited to turn into the B547 near Lit­tle Har­row­den.

Mr Hopes told the trial: “There were two gen­tle­men in the car. They looked to me as if they were smil­ing and hav­ing a joke, hav­ing a laugh.”

An­other wit­ness to the crash, Leslie Miller, said of Nay’s right-hand turn: “It was ab­so­lutely ridicu­lous. There was no rea­son why it couldn’t have waited.”

An­drew Nay and (in­set) sis­ters Ka­t­rina and Kar­lina Raiba

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