Police thought I was dead after horror crash
DRIVER WHO HAD TAKEN CANNABIS WEEPS AS VICTIM TELLS COURT OF HER INJURIES
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.”
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