‘Hit and run’ victim angry at drunk driver’s sentence

Toni Hearn, of Melton, who was seriously injured after being struck by a car driven by drunk driver Joshua Holdsworth, of Asfordby, in December 2014 EMN-151205-102809001
Toni Hearn, of Melton, who was seriously injured after being struck by a car driven by drunk driver Joshua Holdsworth, of Asfordby, in December 2014 EMN-151205-102809001
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A Melton woman who suffered serious injuries after being struck by a car has hit out at the court sentence handed out to the driver, who admitted being over the alcohol limit, driving without due care and attention and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

Toni Hearn sustained a catalogue of injuries and was in an induced coma for five days following the incident, which happened in the early hours of December 28 last year opposite the primary school at Asfordby Hill.

Joshua Anthony Holdsworth (24), of Charnwood Avenue, Asfordby, was subsequently arrested in connection with the incident and he has now appeared at Loughborough Magistrates Court, where he was given a six-month prison sentence suspended for a year, told to carry out 250 hours community service and disqualified from driving for two years.

But Ms Hearn (46), of Shepherd’s Croft, says the court was too lenient with Holdsworth and has angrily written to the court to appeal against his sentence.

She said: “I think it is disgusting what he got. I was badly injured, I was in a coma for five days and I’ve been on anti-depressants since it happened and yet his life hasn’t been restricted in any way by this sentence.”

It was snowing the night of the accident, Ms Hearn recalled, as she was with her partner, who had left her briefly to pick up something from a friend’s house. A Vauxhall Corsa then approached on the A6006 at Asfordby Hill and skidded into her as she stood near the bus stop, at around 3.10am.

An ambulance was called and when she arrived at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham she was found to have damage to her lungs and lower back and was also treated for injuries including cracked vertebrae, a broken shoulder blade and broken ribs.

Police described her condition as ‘critical’ at the time as they made an appeal for witnesses to the incident.

Holdsworth appeared at court on April 29, when the hearing was told he pleaded guilty to drink driving. He was found to have had 59 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit is 35.

The defendant also admitted further charges of driving without due care and attention and failing to stop at the scene of an accident, also admitting he was the driver of a vehicle which caused injury to Toni Hearn at Asfordby Hill.

The magistrates ordered Holdsworth to pay £80 to Ms Hearn in compensation for her injuries and £85 in court costs.

Almost five months on, Ms Hearn said she was still feeling the effects of what happened, suffering depression and intense back pain.

She said: “I have residency of my four-year-old grand-daughter, Megan, and if she falls on the floor I can’t even bend down to pick her up because of my injuries.”

Ms Hearn added: “I’ve spoken to the police and they’ve told me that all I can do is write to the court to appeal against the sentence. I have to do something because what they gave him was no more than a slap on the wrist.”