Wednesday 5th October 2016

Wirral woman suffered life-changing injuries after being struck by speeding motorcyclist

A factory worker has been left with life-changing injuries after a speeding young motorcyclist – who had only passed his motorbike test the previous month – collided with her bicycle.

60-year-old Vivienne Edwards is still recovering from her injuries more than a year after the accident on Leasowe Road, Wallasey.

University student Andrew Donnelly, of Mount Road, Upton, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing serious injury and appeared at Liverpool Crown Court today for sentence.

Charles Lander, prosecuting, told the court that on the night of September 16 last year Miss Edwards had finisher her night shift at Premier Foods in Moreton, where she had worked for 21 years, and set off to her Wallasey home.

The accident happened as Miss Edwards, who was wearing a high-vis jacket, was on Leasowe Road at the pedestrian crossing by Cross Lane, though she has no recollection of the incident.

Donnelly was riding his machine heading towards Moreton and undertook a taxi in the right hand lane, thinking it was going to turn right.

Dashboard camera footage from the taxi was played to the court showing Donnelly going past him at excessive speed.

“The driver muttered to himself about how stupid he believed he was and believed he went past him at 50 to 60 mph and was increasing his speed,” said Mr Lander.

The court heard that Donnelly, who was just finished his part time job at Asda, accepted that he reached 77mph but had begun to reduce his speed as he approached the traffic lights and was travelling at 52mph when the accident happened about half-a-mile after undertaking the taxi.

He pleaded guilty on the basis that she cycled on the crossing while the lights were green for him and he swerved to avoid her but caught her rear wheel.

He lost control of his machine and after it slid to a stop he immediately went to her aid, put his jacket over her and held her hand until the ambulance arrived.`

She had suffered fractures to her pelvis, knees and spine and underwent a ten hour operation.

The council has installed hand rails for her at her home and she is still undergoing rehabilitation and uses a wheelchair and walking aids.

Nikita McNeill, defending, said. “There isn’t a day that he has not thought about the accident and the injuries caused to her.”

She said that Donnelly, who passed his car driving test in February 2014 and his motorbike test in August last year, had stopped to give assistance to the victim and letters from his family spoke of the profound affect of the incident on him. Wirral Globe

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