A mum who had taken ‘five or six bags of cocaine ‘ along with vodka and cider at a party lost consciousness at the wheel of her car before ploughing into a grandfather on a bike ride.
Kelly Sumner has been locked up for three years after Stephen Derbyshire was left fighting for his life with a bone protruding from his skin and needing CPR.
The 57-year-old IT consultant also suffered a life-changing brain injury and spinal fractures having been flung at least 10 feet into a lamp post.
Sumner, 35, drove her Nissan Micra, without insurance, hours after staying up partying until 3am, reports Manchester Evening News .
The mum-of-four from Chorley in Lancashire, sobbed in the dock as she was sentenced.
Bolton Crown Court earlier heard Mr Derbyshire was out on his bike on Lever Park Avenue in Horwich on June 10 last year when Sumner smashed into him.
Prosecuting, Duncan Wilcock said Sumner was 16 times over the limit for benzoylecgonine – a metabolised form of cocaine – with 800mg per litre of blood.
"The cyclist was struck firstly on the bonnet in the middle, before continuing and hitting the windscreen of the car," he said.
"He ricocheted off the Micra, flew between 10 and 12 feet into the air and back into the lamp post behind him, spinning as he was thrown 180 degrees, finally landing on the pavement."
Mr Derbyshire was treated by an off-duty nurse, a midwife and an off-duty surgeon, one of whom gave him CPR.
A witness described seeing a bone protruding from Mr Derbyshire’s skin. He was taken by helicopter to Preston Royal Infirmary, the court heard.
Mr Derbyshire had to have blood drained from his chest which had to be drained; was left with bruising to the brain; and suffered multiple spine fractures.
His wife Patricia submitted an emotional statement to the court, in which she said she has had to become his full time carer.
Mr Derbyshire now needs 24-hour supervision as he gets disorientated, the court heard.
His daughter Leah choked up reading the statement on her mother’s behalf.
"On June 10, 2018, our lives were changed by a selfish, reckless act," she said.
"The defendant chose to take drugs and get behind a wheel. My husband did not have a choice.
"There is nothing that Stephen loves more than being at home with his family but this has been taking from him so cruelly.
"We feel as though we have been taken away from him. He has repeatedly said that he is not the man that I married.
"We are at a time in our lives where we should be making plans for the future, now everything hangs in the balance.
"At one point he told me that he wanted to end his own life."
She added: "The defendant can leave here today and move on, but this will never change for us.
"None of us will ever be the same again."
Mr Derbyshire, a grandfather to two young children, has to be helped sitting up, showering and dressing.
Medics don’t know if he’ll ever fully recover or be able to work again.
Sumner, a cleaner, wept in the dock as the letter was read out.
In mitigation, Jon Close said Sumner had no previous convictions and that she was a single mother to four children, aged five to 14.
Judge Timothy Stead condemned Sumner’s ‘irresponsibility’ and ‘disregard for safety’.
She was sentenced to three years for causing serious bodily harm by dangerous driving. She was also banned from the road.
"I am completely satisfied that the combination of fatigue and intoxication caused her to become unconscious whilst driving," Judge Stead said.
The Derbyshire family said in a statement: "If anything can come from this, we hope that this prosecution will deter anyone tempted to drive under the influence so that no family has to go through what we have had to over the last eight months."
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