Speeding driver who seriously injured girl in crash sent to jail

Speeding driver who seriously injured girl in crash sent to jail

by Henry James (November 2021)

A SPEEDING driver from Aughton has been sent to jail for causing an accident in Maghull last year which left a seven-year-old girl with serious injuries.

Deborah McGovern, 51, of Gaw Hill View, was driving a Range Rover “dangerously at speed” when it collided with a Mercedes car at the junction of Northway and Eastway in Maghull on the evening of Tuesday, October 27, 2020,

The girl, who was a passenger in the Mercedes, was taken to hospital with life-changing head injuries where she received extensive treatment.

Following extensive enquiries including CCTV and witness appeals, McGovern was interviewed and charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

She was sentenced to 16 months in prison at Liverpool Crown Court on Wednesday, November 10. She was also disqualified from driving for two years, eight months.

Roads Policing Inspector Ryan Lowry, who led the investigation, said: “McGovern’s decision to drive at speed and dangerously that night will affect a young girl and her family for the rest of their lives.

“The manner of her driving could have killed someone, and it is only thanks to the response of the emergency services, treatment from Alder Hey Hospital and ongoing treatment that the little girl is now on a long road to recovery.

“But her head injury has lifelong effects, and the psychological impact of such trauma to her and her family is impossible to measure.

“I also hope that the impact this has had on the victim, and on the life of McGovern, will serve as a powerful reminder to anyone who would consider driving dangerously, so that some good can come of such an awful situation.

“Speed limits exist for very good reason, and failure to adhere to them can lead to terrible, life-changing moments such as this.

“Driving at excess speed, impaired by drink, drugs or distracted whilst at the wheel has a huge effect on the reactions and ability of drivers.

“The Merseyside area sees an average of 56 serious injury collisions to children every year, we committed to reducing such incidents.”

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