Teenage motorists fined £280 after leaving crash victim in coma and blind in one eye

Teenage motorists fined £280 after leaving crash victim in coma and blind in one eye

A crash victim, who was left in a coma for three weeks and permanently blinded in one eye after a teenage motorists ploughed into her moped, is furious at the subsequent sentencing.

Sandra Edwards, 57, who was blinded in one eye after being thrown into the air when 19-year-old Ryan Matticks' car hit her bike, has spoken out about her anger towards the court ruling.
Home carer Mrs Edwards, who now uses a wheelchair, also lost most of her teeth and broke a hand and kneecap in the incident, said to the Mirror Online: "It's a ridiculous sentence. It ruined my life.

"I can't work because I won't be able to drive for at least another year.

"I've lost two stone and need to eat liquidised foods. I'm in a wheelchair. Everything has changed now.

"He needs to learn to be more responsible for his actions."

Matticks, an apprentice engineer from Ipswich, admitted to careless driving in the town's magistrates court and was subsequently handed five penalty points and a £280 fine.

Mrs Edwards underwent a 10-hour operation following the incident and remained in hospital for several weeks after the crash in April.

She said: "I was told to say goodbye to my family twice. But I came through."

Mrs Edwards was returning home on her Piaggio moped after visiting a patient in St Augustine's Road, Ipswich, when she was hit by the teenager's blue Vauxhall Corsa just before 8.30pm on April 9.
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