Rollerblading Vogue male model who smashed Goldman Sachs worker’s skull when he crashed into her – leaving her career in tatters – is banned from skating on London’s streets
- Patrick Nodanche, 28, of Leytonstone smashed into Jean Hu, 35, in West End
- The 35-year-old investments expert was left with a fractured skull after crash
- Male model received 15-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months
Patrick Nodanche (pictured outside court today) received a suspended sentence after crashing into the investment expert
A rollerblading Vogue male model’s high speed crash into a female pedestrian left the investments expert with a fractured skull and her lucrative career in tatters.
French-born Patrick Nodanche, 28, of Leytonstone, east London, received a suspended prison sentence and has been banned from rollerblading in the West End.
The six foot two fashion model has also worked for luxury brands Tommy Hilfiger, Canali, Giorgio Armani and Dolce & Gabbana.
London Business School graduate Jean Hu, 35, – affectionately known as JingJing – was crossing Haymarket outside Planet Hollywood after leaving her St. James’s Square office when struck by Nodanche.
She suffered a fractured skull, bleeding on the brain as well as cuts and bruises, particularly to her forehead and scalp and spent eight days in hospital and needed specialist home care.
Nodanche, who is represented by modelling agencies in London, New York, Milan and other major cities around the world pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm on October 27, last year.
Six months after the incident she had still not returned to work for the mining company and was suffering from tinnitus and had difficulty concentrating.
The former Goldman Sachs specialist had to abandon her six-figure job when it relocated to Singapore because her injuries make long-distance travel impossible.
Patrick Nodanche (left, with rollerblades) ploughed into Jean Hu (right) whose career suffered a hammer blow due to her injuries
Jide Lanlehin, defending the model, told Southwark Crown Court: ‘He is very distraught and distressed about it. Officers on the day recorded his concerns and he administered first aid.
‘It was a split-second decision. The light was on amber and the road seemed clear, but a person stepped out and there was a collision.
‘He travelled in the ambulance with her out of concern for her well-being and remains concerned for the plight of the complainant.’
Jean Hu (pictured outside court today) suffered a fractured skull when the male Vogue model crashed into her in the West End
Prosecutor Mr. Steven Mould said: ‘This is a very unusual case. Ms Hu left work and was crossing the road a little bit away from the pedestrian crossing and Mr. Nodanche was on rollerblades on the road.
‘He hit Ms Hu and caused injury, inflicting a fractured skull and a haemorrhage.
‘He did not intend to cause injury and the offence is based on recklessness rather than intent.
‘There are continuing issues with Ms Hu, but the physical aspects in the main have been resolved.
‘Clearly there are issues that continue, phycological consequences in relation to this. She gets tired very easily and suffers with fatigue.’
Is it legal to rollerblade on UK roads?
There is a grey area surrounding the use of in-line skates and rollerblades
There is nothing in the Highway Code which says they are illegal on the roads
But there are bylaws which say there should be no skating in such a manner as to cause danger or nuisance or give reasonable grounds for annoyance to other persons in any area covered by the prohibitive bye-laws (which includes most city centres at this point)
Bylaws also remind parents to remind their children ‘not to rollerblade or skate on the road’ and where possible use playgrounds or parks where there are special areas provided.
Ms Hu is now attempting a career re-start. ‘However, she feels she won’t be able to get a job at the same level.’
Judge Sally Cahill QC said: ‘This is very serious injury. He decided to use an unusual form of transport on the public highway.
‘It is almost more dangerous because he does not have any brakes and this is almost in the category of having a weapon.
‘He is going down a main busy street, knowing he can’t stop. A highly reckless act.’
The judge told Nodanche: ‘Although not on the crossing Ms Hu was only a few yards down from it and the lights were in her favour.
‘You came at great speed along Haymarket in a crouched position and stood as you got close to her.
‘You did not have the facility of putting on any brakes. The speed you were going at was a huge contributory factor.
‘The effect on Ms Hu was substantial. She was knocked unconscious and suffered an extremely severe head injury, a fractured skull and bleeding into the skull and still suffers from that.’
Nodanche was sentenced to fifteen months imprisonment, suspended for eighteen months and ordered to complete 200 hours community service.
He was also made subject to a two-year Criminal Behaviour Order, prohibiting rollerblading in London; had the skates confiscated and must pay £500 compensation to Ms Hu.