Woman injured by double decker bus smash car driver criticises his six month road ban

Surrey Comet: Woman injured by double decker bus smash car driver criticises his six month road ban Woman injured by double decker bus smash car driver criticises his six month road ban

The woman airlifted to hospital after being hit by a BMW driver who went the wrong way down Kingston’s one-way system, says she is “absolutely frightened” of roads following her ordeal.

The woman who asked not to be named and lives with her husband in Kingston nearby, was one of three people struck by Shibo Li on July 8 last year, when the 49-year-old careered out of Fife Road the wrong way into Clarence Street.

Mr Li, the manager of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in Fife Road, hit three pedestrians and crashed into a double decker bus, before claiming he had been spooked by a cyclist.

The woman was airlifted to hospital with what para-medics described as “serious leg injuries”, but the full extent of the damage has only now been revealed.

She said: “My husband dropped me off near the traffic lights. I was standing there with my son and we were crossing the road.

“From what I can remember there was a lot of screaming going on. I turned around to see and it was already too late. I thought: ‘that’s it, I’m gone’.

“I felt him hit me and the next thing I know I’m on the floor. There were police and walking doctors then a cycling paramedic came and they called the air ambulance.

“My son and husband had to watch all that.

“They took me to the Royal London Hospital. I don’t remember going in the air ambulance – I was on so much morphine it knocked me out.”

Surgeons had to pin a metal rod in her right leg, as well as a metal plate in her right wrist. She added: “I had fractured my pelvis and had a crack in my back where the pelvis joins. I had head injuries.

“I developed a clot in my lung, which had travelled from my leg. I spent three months in a wheelchair, and another three months learning to walk with a crutch.

“I need a lot of physio and counselling – I have nightmares all the time.

“I can’t go out by myself anymore. If I need to go anywhere I have to ask a member of the family to come with me. I’m absolutely frightened of the roads.”

Mr Li, of Melrose Avenue, Wimbledon, was banned from driving for six months and fined £300 by magistrates in December. She said: “If he [Li] only got that then it means anybody can go out and hit anybody and think they can get away with it.

“It’s disgusting. To say he panicked isn’t an excuse.”

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9:45am Mon 27 Jan 14

DB says...

I agree with the victim, but the unfortunate fact of the matter is that this is actually quite a good punishment compared to a lot that are handed out.

It seems clear that the drvier was taking a short cut by drving the wrong way around a busy one way system, and I really can't think of many more dangerous manouevres that could be undertaken.

The problem is that someone actually has to be killed before the law takes any real notice. If this driver had killed someone doing the exact same manoeuvre, he would have gone to prison. As it is a lady has suffered life changing injuries but he gets off with a short ban because she was miraculously not killed.

I don't understand why we punish driving offences based on effect rather than cause.
I agree with the victim, but the unfortunate fact of the matter is that this is actually quite a good punishment compared to a lot that are handed out. It seems clear that the drvier was taking a short cut by drving the wrong way around a busy one way system, and I really can't think of many more dangerous manouevres that could be undertaken. The problem is that someone actually has to be killed before the law takes any real notice. If this driver had killed someone doing the exact same manoeuvre, he would have gone to prison. As it is a lady has suffered life changing injuries but he gets off with a short ban because she was miraculously not killed. I don't understand why we punish driving offences based on effect rather than cause. DB
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12:18pm Mon 27 Jan 14

mr-bjp says...

With the dangerous driving and the carnage he caused, he should have been banned for life.
With the dangerous driving and the carnage he caused, he should have been banned for life. mr-bjp
  • Score: 16

12:32pm Mon 27 Jan 14

CyclistsPayTaxToo says...

Where there's blame there's a claim - sue him for all he's worth, that will teach him a lesson more so than a pathetic ban and petty fine.
Where there's blame there's a claim - sue him for all he's worth, that will teach him a lesson more so than a pathetic ban and petty fine. CyclistsPayTaxToo
  • Score: 17

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