Drug driver left e-scooter rider with 'extensive' injuries after jumping red light at crossing

January 23 2022
Drug driver left e-scooter rider with 'extensive' injuries after jumping red light at crossing

A DOWNEND man who drove through a red light on drugs, ploughing into an e-scooter rider, has been jailed.

Avon and Somerset police said Thomas Trott caused "extensive injuries" when he knocked down Jade Hodson-Walker in Hartcliffe Way, South Bristol, in May last year.

The 27-year-old driver, of Westbourne Road, was sentenced to a year and eight months in prison at Bristol Crown Court after being convicted of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, drug driving, driving without insurance and possession of cannabis.

He was also disqualified from driving for three and a half years after his release at the hearing on on January 18, and will be required to complete an extended re-test before he can legally drive again.

Police said they were called to Hartcliffe Way at 7.30pm on May 18 after a Vauxhall Insignia car driven by Trott failed to stop at red traffic lights and hit 20-year-old Ms Hodson-Walker, who was riding an e-scooter over a pedestrian crossing.

A police spokesperson said: "Jade suffered potentially life-threatening injuries and spent several months in hospital, including two weeks in intensive care.

"She continues to undergo treatment."

Trott was arrested at the scene of the incident.

Inspector Andy Barry from the Roads Policing Unit said: “This case is a stark reminder that dangerous driving, or driving under the influence of drink or drugs, can have devastating outcomes.

"The victim in this case suffered extensive injuries, which continue to have a profound impact on her and her family’s life.

"I am pleased that the driver is now facing the consequences for his unacceptable actions."