Drink-driving mum ‘can’t remember last decade’ after crashing car in flip flops

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A mum-of-two can’t remember the last decade after crashing her Mercedes while drink driving in flip flops.

Amy Williams, 26, suffered severe brain injuries from barrel rolling her car into a tree after “showing off” and speeding.

Doctors say she now suffers from amnesia and lost up to 10 years of her life after the horror crash, HullLive reports.

The transport planner had been on a night out before offering a friend a lift home in Hull, East Yorkshire.

Williams was driving at 70mph along a 40mph road while slightly over the drink drive limit on March 16 2019.

She clipped the kerb along the central reservation which sent her car veering across the carriageway, before smashing into two parked cars.

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The high-powered sports car clipped the kerb again, which caused it to barrel roll before it smashed into a tree.

Her passenger freed herself and collapsed onto the floor, Hull Crown Court heard.

She was taken to hospital where she spent ten days recovering from a spinal fracture and a ruptured bowel.

Andrew Petterson, prosecuting, said: “The defendant got out with no shoes on before she collapsed. At the drivers foot well there was a pair of flip flops.

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“At the police station, the defendant complained of amnesia.”

A test found Williams' blood alcohol level was at 90mg, ten milligrams over the drink driving limit.

She suffered a fractured skull as a result of the crash and bleeding to her brain and was in hospital for about four weeks.

The court heard her passenger has made good progress since the accident and there was no evidence of any long-term effects from her injuries.

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Rachel Scott, defending, said: “She had a nice car, good friends, a child and partner.

“Since the collision, life has changed a lot.

“She is worried about the outside world and just curls up in a ball. She is too scared to leave the house.”

She now lives back with her mum who cares for Williams’ children, she added.

A doctor concluded she is suffering from dysexecutive syndrome as well as retrograde and anterograde amnesia.

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It means she is unable to recall events before the crash, the accident itself, and struggles to retain new memories.

Williams, of Hull, was handed a 16-month sentence suspended for two years for causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

She was also disqualified from driving.

Judge Mark Bury said it would be “vindictive” to send her to prison because of her personal circumstances.

He added: “You were showing off it seems to me. Without the injuries to yourself it would have been a prison sentence without difficulty at all.

“If I had not read the psychological report you would have been going to prison.”

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