A drink-driver who struck a pedestrian leaving her critically injured at the side of the Farnham Bypass has been jailed. Michael Marsden downed 11 cocktails and 15 shots before getting in his blue BMW on June 5 last year.
Guildford Crown Court heard the 23-year-old struck Angel Taylor as she walked home from The Six Bells in Hale Road, Farnham. The impact of the collision ‘took her leg off’ below the knee.
Off-duty police superintendent Adam Smith spotted Angel as he drove home from work. He administered life-saving medical attention while an off-duty paramedic used his belt as a tourniquet to prevent further blood loss.
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Previously, Angel’s mum described her as ‘inspiring’ after undergoing an eight-hour operation in the wake of the crash. Sarah Taylor said: “She gave us relief. She has not cried about it once, she says this has happened, I have lost my leg but I am going to get better and get walking. It makes you inspired and she has defied every single odd.”
The day after the incident the police investigation identified Marsden’s car as being involved in the crash. It was recovered at an address in Farnham where police found it had a cracked front bumper and was missing a wingmirror.
When questioned, Marsden said he believed he had struck an animal. He also blamed the foggy weather conditions on the incident.
Marsden was arrested and toxicology revealed he was over the drink driving limit. Marsden had attended a ‘bottomless brunch’ event in Guildford, where he drank 11 cocktails before driving to more pubs in Aldershot, where he drank 15 shots and two pints.
An examination of his phone showed he had been looking at police appeals following the collision. He even sent messages to friends and family about it.
Marsden, of Laburnham Road, Aldershot, has now been jailed for three years after pleading guilty to dangerous driving, driving whilst alcohol level over the limit, failure to stop and failure to report when he appeared before the crown court. He was also banned from driving for 54 months.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Rick Edwards of Surrey Police, said “Throughout this investigation, Marsden has shown no remorse for what he has done and has even been witnessed mocking the collision amongst his friends.
“The victim has shown immense bravery this past year and I hope that this result gives her some closure and allows her to move forward with her life. It was extremely lucky that Superintendent Adam Smith was driving past at that moment and he, along with the paramedics involved saved the young victims life.”