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Wheelchair-bound woman, 21, tells of life-destroying road crash

Courtroom is left in tears as woman, 21, tells how her life was destroyed when Slovakian van driver veered onto the wrong side of the road and smashed into her father’s car leaving her in a wheelchair

  • Young businesswoman was left paralysed after a horror smash with a van driver
  • Lauren Woodward, 21, left in a wheelchair following the Gloucestershire crash 
  • Courtroom left in tears hearing Miss Woodward discuss life-changing injuries 
  • Tokoly, of Slovakia pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving

A young businesswoman left paralysed after a horror smash with a van driver who veered onto the wrong side of the road has emotionally revealed in court how her life was wrecked in an instant.

Lauren Woodward, 21, left the entire courtroom in tears as she spoke about being in a wheelchair for life following the collision with Lubomir Tokoly, 63, who was sat awaiting his fate after admitting he caused her injuries through dangerous driving. 

Gloucester Crown Court was told Miss Woodward’s father was driving her to work in his Vauxhall Astra on the A436 in the Cotswolds when Tokoly’s Fiat Ducato crossed double white lines and smashed into them.      

Lauren Woodward, 21, left the entire courtroom in tears as she spoke about being in a wheelchair for life following the collision with Lubomir Tokoly, 63, who was sat awaiting his fate after admitting he caused her injuries through dangerous driving

Although Miss Woodward’s father stepped from the wreckage relatively unharmed, she suffered devastating injuries which are still blighting her life 10 months later. 

The court heard she suffered a broken right foot, a large open wound, a broken left ankle that required metal plates, multiple fractures to her pelvis and lower vertebra as well as multiple internal injuries.

In her victim impact statement, read to a tearful courtroom, Miss Woodward said: ‘Waking up in pain every single day has been life changing. It is exhausting and draining. Even the simplest of tasks become impossible.   

‘I have trouble concentrating in everything I do. I struggle to remember words,’ GloucestershireLive reported. 

Tokoly, of Piatanova Kosice, in Slovakia pleaded guilty to causing serious injury to Lauren by driving dangerously.

He was jailed for 16 months and banned from driving in the UK for four years.  

Prosecutor Sam Jones told the court that Miss Woodward’s father Tim is now her full-time carer, calling the ordeal any parent’s ‘worst nightmare’.

The court heard that while Mr Woodward suffered some minor injuries to his chest and face, the front passenger seat took the brunt of the impact.

The court heard she suffered a broken right foot, a large open wound, a broken left ankle that required metal plates, multiple fractures to her pelvis and lower vertebra as well as multiple internal injuries

The court heard she suffered a broken right foot, a large open wound, a broken left ankle that required metal plates, multiple fractures to her pelvis and lower vertebra as well as multiple internal injuries

‘The vehicle was technically sound and I wasn’t driving fast. However I am not used to driving on the left in the UK as I drive on the right in Slovakia,’ Tokoly stated.   

Mr Woodward said his daughter had made very little physical progress since the accident. 

She is confined to a single bed in the dining room of their family home, he added.

Lauren, in her victim statement added: ‘The driver of the van’s blank expression will haunt me forever as will the last image, the headlight right in front of me.’

Tokoly was sentenced to 16 months in prison and disqualified him from driving in the UK for four years. He was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £140.  

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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