A cyclist was left with serious brain damage after a drunk Range Rover driver crashed into her. Jade Edmonds had taken up bike riding to get fit before her wedding – but things took a turn for the worst following a tragic car accident.
Janice McVicar, 57, of Grange Drive, Eccles, hit the cyclist on a sharp bend of a road before, Manchester Evening News reports. The Range Rover’s airbags were deployed and McVicar briefly stopped in the middle of the road to remove the deployed airbag that got stuck under the windscreen. She quickly drove away from the scene.
Emergency services were called to the scene. McVicar said to one of the officers once she stepped out of the car: “I know I shouldn’t have been driving. I had a drink, I have done wrong, I’m sorry.”
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A blood test showed Mc Vicar had 168 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood, the court heard. The legal alcoholic limit is 80 milligrams.
Ms Edmonds sustained serious injuries, including brain damage. She suffered frontal brain damage and had to undergo craniotomy surgery to have her full face rebuilt, leaving her with scar tissue from ‘ear to ear’.
She also suffered from a broken femur, broken wrist, damage to one of her kidneys and only has 10 per cent vision in her right eye. Ms Edmonds said she doesn’t remember anything from the incident and woke up the next day at the hospital.
She said that her eyesight is ‘not coming back’ as it was ‘too badly damaged’. Ms Edmonds told jurors that she only cycles on pavements.
A witness who crossed the road heard a loud ‘bang’ before turning around and seeing a white Range Rover with a dent in its bumper. He saw Ms Edmonds lying on the pavement before the car ‘immediately’ sped off.
Another witness had been driving up Moorside Road as McVicar was driving down. As the vehicle got closer she noticed the airbag was deployed and moved her car so she wouldn’t get hit as McVicar drove past. She later assisted at the scene, and advised the police about turning the woman’s phone on so her dad could be contacted.
The court heard that another passerby was on the opposite side of the road when he saw the Range Rover was ‘awfully close to the pavement’ before it ‘drifted towards the other side of the road’ and so pulled his wife out of the way. As the car got closer, he noticed the airbags were deployed before it stopped briefly in the middle of the road.
McVicar later drove down Moorside Road in Swinton, crashing into a parked car causing her white Range Rover Evoque to roll on its side.
Janice said she drank a Bacardi and Coke at a small gathering with friends in her daughter’s garden before sitting behind the wheel, she said in a police interview. She recalled driving round the bend ‘near to the curb’ – but told police she didn’t see the cyclist.
McVicar went on to make a number of unsolicited comments including: “I didn’t think I was over the limit. I hate cyclists, I can’t stand them. Some of them are stupid, aren’t they. I’ll sign anything, I admit I’ve done it, I just want to go home.”