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Young woman jailed following drunken hit-and-run

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A drink-driver who knocked over a pedestrian and left him lying in the road has been handed a six-month prison sentence.

Court heard that William Roach had been thrown into the air as he walked home from a house party in the early hours of March 28th.

He had been struck by a car being driven by Lowri Gallagher, who had then sped away from the scene.

Mr Roach was left badly hurt following the collision, drifting in and out of consciousness as he waited for help to arrive. He had to have six-hours of surgery to treat his injuries and medics later said he was lucky to survive the crash.

The hit-and-run in a small town near Merthyr Tydfil triggered a swift police response, with officers managing to identify the car by debris that had been left in the road. The damaged vehicle was quickly traced to an address nearby.

Gallagher, 20, admitted she had been behind the wheel and when breath-tested at a local police station, she was found to be over the drink drive limit.

When interviewed, she told officers that she had been drinking in Mid Glamorgan when she grabbed the keys to a friend’s courtesy car to give people lifts. After striking Mr Roach at a speed of up to 60mph she panicked and drove to a friend’s house.

The defendant admitted drink-driving, failing to stop after an accident, aggravated vehicle taking and driving without insurance and was jailed by Judge David Wynn Morgan.

Commonly referred to as ‘hit and run’ cases, both failing to stop after an accident and to report it to the police within 24 hours are considered serious offences, which can result in ten penalty points, disqualification and imprisonment. Those facing such charges should seek legal advice as soon as possible. For more information about Lester Morrill’s road traffic team and how we can assist you, please contact us.

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