Canterbury Hit-And-Run Driver Left Friend 'Fighting For Her Life'

5 May 2019, 09:27 | Updated: 5 May 2019, 09:29

police photo of Christopher Godden

A hit and run driver who left his friend fighting for her life at the scene of a crash has been jailed.

Christopher Godden, 28, from High Street in Herne Bay had been driving his VW Golf with two passengers, who told police they’d been asking him to slow down.

As the car reached the junction of Moat Lane and High Street, he lost control and the VW hit a house head-on.

He fled from the scene of the crash, despite one of the passengers suffering “life-changing injuries”. 

Christopher Godden later admitted to using cocaine before the collision and claimed the reason he ran away was because he was in shock.

PC James Galbraith was the officer in charge of the case. He said:

‘Godden not only put his passengers lives in danger with his thoughtless actions, he failed to even phone for an ambulance to get help for his seriously injured friend. Instead of coming to the aid of his friends he ran away, leaving them in considerable pain and in need of urgent medical assistance. His actions were beyond cowardly.

‘A blood sample was taken from Godden which tested positive for BZE, a metabolite of cocaine. He was three times over the prescribed limit for the drug and I believe this was a factor of the collision.

‘His victim will have to live with the consequences of his recklessness for the rest of her life. She is still receiving treatment and unfortunately she will not ever fully recover from the injuries she sustained.  I hope the custodial sentence will help her come to terms with what has happened and assist her in moving forward with her life.'

He admitted two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and was jailed for 2 years 8 months.