Coventry tattoo artist leaves mother and daughter trapped in car after 60mph smash – Coventry Live

Posted in Tattooing on Aug 09, 2021

A tattoo artist had been drinking before he got behind the wheel and ploughed in to another car at twice the speed limit, leaving a daughter and mother badly injured and trapped in the other car.

Scott Roe had got "bored of waiting" for the car in front of him to speed and swerved around it on to the wrong side of the road and was travelling at 60mph when he hit an Audi coming the other way head-on.

The 19-year-old Audi diver suffered a host of injuries including a fractured knee and ankle, while her mother had to have metal plates inserted into her shattered pelvis and was then unable to move for three-and-a-half months after her release from hospital.

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Roe, 39, of Turbine Hall, Electric Wharf, Coventry, pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to two charges of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol.

He was given a 16-month sentence, suspended for 18 months, ordered to take part in a rehabilitation activity and an offending programme, do 150 hours of unpaid work and pay 535 costs, and was banned from driving for four years.

Prosecutor Sally Cairns said that on July 13 day last year, 19-year-old Chelsea Sidwell was driving her Audi car along Heath Road, in Bedworth, with her mother Kelly Merridew next to her before they were met with Roe driving a Mercedes CLA220 Sport.

Roe overtook the car in front of him and was heading towards the Audi at twice the 30mph speed limit, in wet and rainy conditions.

Miss Sidwell put her brakes on as she saw the oncoming car, but Roe did not pull in and smashed head-on into the Audi, spinning it 180 degrees.

Mrs Cairns said the bonnet of the Audi, which ended up on the grass verge, was crushed, and Miss Sidwell and her mother were trapped inside.

The front of the Mercedes was strewn across the road as petrol and oil spilled out.

Mrs Cairns said: The emergency services attended and found Miss Sidwell and Mrs Merridew trapped and in considerable pain, and Miss Sidwell was stuck for two hours before being released and taken to hospital.

She had a fractured left knee, ankle and toes, as well as ligament damage, and was in hospital for four days, after which she had to rely on a wheelchair and then crutches for seven weeks.

Miss Sidwell said she has only driven once since the crash because she is too nervous and has been having counselling as a result and suffers from nightmares.

As well as this, she has had to give up her job working with children, and her social life has also been affected, pointed at Mrs Cairns.

Her mother had a shattered pelvis, resulting in an operation to have metal plates inserted, a dislocated right knee and an injury to her shoulder which meant she had to stay in hospital for two weeks with no visitors due to the pandemic.

Mrs Merridew was not allowed to move for three-and-a-half months after her release and continued to be on morphine for the pain.

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Roe, who had two previous convictions for excess alcohol, was also taken to hospital where a blood test showed he was over the legal alcohol limit.

He told the police he had been driving behind a car which was doing 20mph, and that he was bored of waiting behind it, so overtook but lost control and could not pull back in.

Andrew Wilkins, defending, said: Its a case in which it is a cascade of things that go wrong.

It all starts to go wrong when he makes the decision to drive after drinking. Once he had done that he then, perhaps as a consequence, makes the decision to overtake a vehicle thats moving too slowly for his liking, and he does so at speed.

He did try to turn back after the overtake, but his vehicle simply did not respond.

Mr Wilkins said Roe, who had visited his mother who had been diagnosed with a brain tumour, and had been drinking with her, admitted being at fault to the police, and has made the decision not to drive again.

Mr Wilkins added: Mr Roe is horrified at the consequences of his actions.

Sentencing Roe, Recorder Francesca Levett told him: This was a seriously dangerous manoeuvre executed in the briefest of moments, and no doubt your judgement was clouded by the amount of alcohol you had consumed.

Your speed was excessive, estimated to have been twice the speed limit in that area.

What followed was the consequence of your decision to overtake when it was clearly dangerous to do so, and the injuries caused to Miss Sidwell and her mother were extremely serious.

I have to balance whether the offences really are so serious that only prison is justified. I am just persuaded that I can suspend this sentence.

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