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Head-on crash left blameless dad of young twins needing surgery

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A lorry-driving dad of two young twin boys had to have part of his bowel removed after being involved in a head-on smash which was not his fault. Derby Crown Court heard how the victim was on his way to work when a car being driven at speed by disqualified driver Marcus Golding, on the wrong side of the road, hit his Nissan.

The next thing the man recalls was opening his eyes and not being able to feel his right leg. Now the 33-year-old, also a father-of-two and who has a number of previous convictions, is back behind bars for causing the crash.

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Handing him a 22-month jail sentence, Judge Martyn Hurst said: “It was a hilly road and he saw you coming down it on the wrong side going up the rises and down the dips. It was a head-on collision, headlights to headlights, and it caused serious injuries to him and serious injuries to you.

“It was prolonged driving on the wrong side of the road and you had a passenger in your car with you. The reason you were driving is not important, it seems you were on a routine errand with your girlfriend to get a top-up for the electricity meter, but you were disqualified at the time and that demonstrates an attitude of casual disregard.”

Eunice Opare-Addo, prosecuting, said the incident took place in Low Road, between Shuttlewood and Clowne, on April 16 of this year, She said the victim, a lorry driver, was on his way to work in Newark when he suddenly saw an Aidi being driven by Golding heading towards him on the wrong side of the road.

The prosecutor said: “There was little traffic on the road, it was dark, there were no street lights but the road condition was good. He saw the defendant try to get on the right side of the road and it was going too fast to avoid a collision.

“He said the next thing he remembers is opening his eyes and seeing smoke coming out of the engine. He pulled himself out of his vehicle and could not feel his right leg. He could see blood coming out of his ears.”

Miss Opare-Addo said the victim was taken to hospital in Sheffield where he remained for more than a week. She said he has suffered a fracture to his spine, required surgery to his bowel which required some of it to be removed and a broken right foot.

In a victim impact statement he told how his girlfriend had to take three weeks off work to look after their twin boys, aged two, was unable to lift anything and required a long time off work himself. Golding, of Windmill Lane, Sheffield, pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by driving whilst disqualified, and driving without insurance.

He has 14 previous convictions for 25 offences including many for driving and a 56-month sentence for conspiracy to supply heroin from 2016. Mark Bates, mitigating, said: “He has a business he runs with his father and another employee which custody will impact on significantly. He has two children who he sees every Sunday and he was injured himself and still suffers to the extent that he has a broken leg that is not fully recovered yet.

“Mr Golding’s instructions are for me to say openly to (the victim) and his family that he accepts it was his fault and he offers his heartfelt apologies.”

As well as the jail sentence, Judge Hurst also disqualified the defendant from driving for three years and 11 months.

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