Woman injured in terrifying crash

Abingdon Street, Blackpool.
Abingdon Street, Blackpool.
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A man has been jailed after the car he was driving careered into two pedestrians in Blackpool town centre – leaving one woman in a wheelchair.

Preston Crown Court heard Ficra Udale was driving without lights on when his Ford hit two women as they walked along Abingdon Street.

The impact was so great one of the women, a 22-year-old, needed to have a metal rod inserted in her leg, suffered an arm injury and has scarring on her arms and face.

She is in constant pain and requires the use of a wheelchair.

The other woman, a 26-year-old, sprained her wrist in the incident, and has no recollection of what happened.

Udlae, of Burnage, Manchester, pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking, failing to provide a breath sample and not having insurance.

He was jailed for three years and four months and banned from driving for five years.

Sentencing Udale, Recorder Paul Taylor said: “It was an horrendous piece of driving, no doubt triggered or caused by the fact you were under the influence of alcohol and perhaps a drug as well.

“It was about as bad as it gets.”

The court was told Udale tried to run off after the collision last month, but was chased and caught by security staff from nearby clubs.

He had clipped a taxi while driving, bounced off the pavement and hit the two women at around 4am on May 3.

One eyewitness said the car had swerved out of control just before the collision.

Another claimed Udale was driving at speeds of up to 50mph.

Defending, Rebecca Turner said: “Whatever it was that made him make the decision (to drive), whether bravado or having been under the influence, he doesn’t know.”