Man handed suspended sentence for hit and run collision with elderly woman
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A 34-year-old man who hit an 88-year-old woman with his car in Rushden before driving off and leaving her with serious injuries has been sentenced to 20 months suspended for 18 months, and disqualified from driving.
Dion Martin Simpson, aged 34, of Southfields, Rushden, hit the woman, called Joyce, on the afternoon of September 20, 2018, when he reversed his blue Vauxhall Astra across the pavement in High Street where she was walking.
However, instead of stopping to see if she was okay, Simpson drove off and left her with serious injuries including a broken pelvis, wrist and shoulder, and extensive bruising.
An investigation was launched by Northamptonshire Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit and CCTV was uncovered which showed Simpson driving back to the scene a short time after the collision to see what was going on, before he drove off again. The next day he sold the Vauxhall in an attempt to evade detection and justice.
Simpson was arrested a short time later and subsequently charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving, perverting the course of justice and for driving with no insurance. Yesterday (Thursday, May 6) at Northampton Crown Court, he was sentenced to a total of 20 months, suspended for 18 months, plus a six-week electronically-monitored curfew, and a 12-month driving disqualification.
Lead investigator Detective Sergeant Mahesh Patel said: “Dion Simpson showed a staggering lack of remorse at the time of this incident - not only driving away from the scene a second time after establishing he had injured an elderly lady, but then selling his car the very next day in an attempt to evade our enquiries.
“The woman in this case, who is now 91 years old, has not fully recovered from her physical injuries and she may never recover from the emotional trauma of this incident.
“I hope Dion Simpson sincerely regrets his actions that day and the days following, and reflects on the very poor choices he has made.
“This case has been a complex one to investigate but I am pleased we got the right person and for the sake of this elderly lady, successfully brought him to court.”
In a statement, Joyce’s family said: “Joyce is a much-loved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and aunty, whose life changed forever following the road traffic accident almost three years ago.
“She walked to the shops as usual and as she returned home she was knocked down by Mr Simpson reversing into her before driving away. He left our mother lying on the pavement with life threatening injuries. Many kind people rushed to help her and call the emergency services.
“Our mother’s injuries were so extensive that she did not return home for three months and has not been able to leave her home unaided since.
“It is of great sadness to all the family that Joyce has endured such a horrific ordeal. To her enormous credit she has always been a very strong and determined lady and since the accident she has shown great fortitude to try and live as independent a life as is now possible.
“We would like to thank Northamptonshire Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, in particular Detective Sergeant Mahesh Patel and Detective Constable Rae Pegg who have supported us, and the Crown Prosecution Service in successfully bringing this man to justice. We would also like to thank the medical services, witnesses and all the people who helped her.”