A woman was seriously injured when her date, whom she was going out with for the first time, was showing off and ended up crashed his car into a tree then fleeing the scene.
Bradley Van Outen, 30, ran away after crashing his car on his date with Carrie-Anne Knox, 26. He left her lying unconscious and suffering a broken arm.
Van Outen was showing off his driving skills when he crashed his convertible BMW into a tree. He had been banned from driving and so fled the scene afterwards, leaving her lying unconscious.
Eight months later, Knox is still recovering from her injuries and has lost her job as a hairdresser as a result
Knox spoke of her tribulation that happened on the first date she had been on in 10 years after Van Outen was jailed for two years for a string of driving offences. She had recently come out of a 10-year relationship with the father of her two children when Van Outen asked her out.
They met when he was doing some groundwork outside her home in Bournemouth, Dorset. She agreed to go out with him for lunch.
In June last year, Knox and went out on their date in a pub, as they were driving off the car park, Van Outen crashed the car as Knox was putting her seatbelt on.
“He doughnutted once and I grabbed the side of the door in a panic. As he went round a second time I could feel the back end losing control,” she said. “We hit the tree and I went flying into the windscreen. I had glass in my head and they found my hair and eyelashes embedded in the crack of the windscreen.”
“The doctors later told me if the seatbelt hadn’t been around my shoulder I could have died. When I looked down at my arm I could see something was wrong. He said ‘I’m sorry but we need to get out of here’. I told him I couldn’t move and I wasn’t going anywhere. His side was fine so he got out, pulled my door open and pulled me out of the car by my broken arm.
“The pain hit me and I must have passed out but I saw him get something out of the boot then run off. I woke up on a bench with a lady looking after me.”
Knox needed a four-and-a-half-hour operation to insert metal plates and 28 staples to seal the wound as she suffered a multiple spiral fracture of her upper left arm.
After the accident, she couldn’t look after her two young daughters or even make a cup of tea. She has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and prescribed medication to help her sleep.
She still can’t use her arm properly. She had to give up her hairdressing job as her boss could not keep the position for her.
“It’s definitely the worst date I’ve ever been on and has put me off men – I won’t be dating again any time soon,” she added
Judge Brian Forster QC sentenced Van Outen to two years in prison and a four-year driving ban.
The Havant, Hampshire native, admitted to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, failing to stop after an accident, failing to report an accident, driving without insurance, and failing to give information relating to the identification of a driver.