Man Jailed Over Crash Which Injured 7y/o

15 February 2019, 09:16 | Updated: 15 February 2019, 09:17

Battle crash scene

A man who caused serious injury by dangerous driving to a seven-year-old boy when he crashed his BMW car near Battle has been jailed for three years.

Shane Taylor, unemployed from Levette Avenue, Polegate was also driving under the influence of a drug in his system, a byproduct of cocaine, a Class A controlled drug.

The crash happened shortly before 2.45pm on Friday 30 March last year as Taylor's BMW 5-series car was westbound on the A259 between its junctions with Green Lane and the B2095 Top Road, Hooe. It left the carriageway and collided with roadside trees and signs.

The child involved, a rear seat passenger, cannot be identified for legal reasons. He sustained serious, life-changing head injuries. However, he is understood to be making good progress.

A 26-year-old woman who was the front-seat passenger suffered multiple injuries in the crash. 

Both she and the child were treated at King's College Hospital, London.

Taylor himself was also badly hurt. He was treated at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, for serious head injuries and fractured limbs. The incident led to the A259 being closed to traffic for five hours.