A beauty therapist has been awarded £10,000 after she and a friend were knocked down and left for dead by a drunk motorist.
Necole Stewart was hit, along with her friend Ailsa Howden, in the early hours of New Year’s Day, 2014. The driver, Neil Wylie, had been drinking heavily and failed to stop. Ms Stewart was left with a serious cut on her leg, while Ms Howden sustained a broken nose, concussion and whiplash. Mr Wylie initially claimed that he could not remember hitting them with his car.
“We had just got out of a friend’s car and were heading to a friend’s flat,” said Ms Howden, describing the incident. “We were crossing the road when the car was suddenly heading straight at us. We tried to make the pavement. I was knocked across the bonnet on to the road and Necole was caught on the bonnet before coming off. The car didn’t stop at all. It was horrible.”
Mr Wylie was sentenced to 22 months in prison back in May 2014, and banned from driving for four years. He had been employed as a delivery driver at the time, and had been drinking all day. He had been ejected from a pub after an argument and was angry, he says, but also said he believed that the accident had occurred on a different road. He admitted driving under the influence of drink and drugs, as well as causing injury, fleeing the scene of a crash and failing to report the accident.
Ms Stewart needed 16 stitches in her leg. She has now been awarded £10,000 in an out of court settlement, following a two-year legal battle.
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