Dangerous crash driver robbed patient of transplant op

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A DANGEROUS driver wrote-off three cars in a smash and made a motorist miss a vital transplant operation.

David Crow ploughed a stolen Mazda into two vehicles while driving on the wrong side of Chester Road, on December 14 last year.

The force of the impact with dialysis patient‘s Vauxhall Insignia, which contained his wife and three children, left him with a broken nose, two black eyes, a fractured sternum and lung injury.

Complications, involving two week long stays in hospital, meant the patient could not have a pending kidney transplant and will need surgery to have his spleen removed.

At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday Crown, 37, of Firtree Avenue, Harraton, Washington, who admitted aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving, was jailed for 18 months and banned from the roads for three years.

Judge Penny Moreland told him: “What you did has created havoc in the lives of the people unfortunate enough to encounter you that evening.

“You caused very serious injury to Mr Anderson and because of you he missed the opportunity for his kidney transplant and his condition has deteriorated.