The family of a teenager who suffered life-changing injuries when a car went through a red light and knocked her down are calling for changes to made to the law after the driver merely faces a fine and points on his licence.
The crash left Miriam Parker, then 17, was left with severe brain injury and reduced mobility. The collision occurred at a pelican crossing in Selsdon Park Road, South Croydon, on New Years Day. Parker was left in a coma for a month and, despite defying doctors’ warnings she might die, will need care for the rest of her life.
The driver, from Selsdon, last month admitted to driving without due care and attention – a charge that means he may not lose his licence. A spokeswoman for the Crown Prosecution Service highlighted that the law only considers the standard of the defendant’s driving rather than the consequences of their actions which is why the driver could not be convicted of dangerous driving.
Parker and her mother will need to be rehoused by Sutton Council since the flat they currently live in are now unsuitable due to the block’s concrete stairs.