Po­lice thought I was dead af­ter hor­ror crash


Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By AMY WALKER news­[email protected] @MENnews­desk

A DRIVER un­der the in­flu­ence of cannabis left a woman fear­ing she would never walk again af­ter smash­ing into her car while try­ing to es­cape from po­lice.

Doc­tors feared the woman would be paral­ysed for life hav­ing suf­fered a frac­tured spine when John Ramos ploughed into her Ford C Max at high speed.

She suf­fered a badly bro­ken neck, with ver­te­brae so badly smashed her spinal cord was fully ex­posed.

But the woman con­founded medics as she started to move all her limbs fol­low­ing two rounds of emer­gency surgery.

Two months af­ter the crash - on Oc­to­ber 23 in Withing­ton - the woman is back home, although her in­juries are de­scribed as ‘life chang­ing.’

At Manch­ester Crown Court, a heart­break­ing state­ment was read out as Ramos, 23, was jailed for three years and four months af­ter ad­mit­ting caus­ing se­ri­ous in­jury by dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

Tests showed he had 3.3mg of cannabis per litre of blood in his sys­tem. The drug­driv­ing limit is

2mg per litre. He was also flout­ing a road ban at the time of the in­ci­dent.

Ramos wept in the dock as the woman, a mum from Bury, said: “In the mo­ments af­ter the crash, the view of the po­lice was that I was dead - how­ever, I still man­aged to sur­vive.”

Ramos also pleaded guilty to driv­ing whilst dis­qual­i­fied and hav­ing no in­surance. He was also banned from driv­ing for eight and a half years. Judge Martin Rud­land told him: “We have heard the ef­fects of your fool­ish­ness on her life and her fam­ily’s life. She has been griev­ously in­jured and she was ex­tremely lucky to sur­vive. Th­ese were life chang­ing in­juries she will never fully re­cover from.”

Pic­ture: Bristol Zoo/PA Wire

I’M SLOW­ING DOWN AS I GET OLDER . . . Big­gie the gi­ant tor­toise who first ar­rived at Bristol Zoo 44 years ago at Christmas 1975

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