David Mudd, 19, left life-changing injuries to Robert Rees, 57, after he spun around a blind corner and crashed into his car in Llantwit Fardre, near Pontypridd, Wales
These are the horrifying aftermath of an accident that left a driver with life-changing injuries.
David Mudd, 19, “bragged” as he sped his BMW around a blind corner in a “moment of insanity” and swerved into oncoming traffic. Wales Online reports.
Mudd collided with 57-year-old Robert Rees’ Vauxhall Astra, sending the car crashing down an embankment and into a forest.
Shocking images show Mr Rees’ vehicle being crushed against trees while Mudd’s vehicle is wrecked in the middle of the road in Llantwit Fardre near Pontypridd, Wales.
Bar manager Mudd admitted to seriously injuring Robert Rees, 57, by driving dangerously on The Woodlands.
The accused picked up a friend on the afternoon of September 21 last year and brought her to an appointment in Pontypridd.
The friend described the conditions while driving Mudd’s white BMW 1 Series as “sunny and dry”.
When her appointment ended around 2.25pm, the friend climbed back into the passenger seat and the couple made their way to their home in Llantwit Fardre.
As they neared the target, Mudd became frustrated by a green Mercedes 4×4 driving in front of him at about 30 miles per hour, prosecutor Martha Smith-Higgins said.
The lawyer added: “They were approaching what is known as an S-curve. The driver of the Mercedes, Christine Cummings, picked up her grandchild from school.
“She described a white BMW that came out of nowhere, driving very close behind her and making her uncomfortable.”
Mudd then said to his passenger, “I’m not waiting behind.” He accelerated and switched to the other side of the road to overtake.
Ms Smith-Higgins continued: “As the defendant reversed onto the correct side of the road, he reached the first right-hand bend and almost immediately after navigating, lost control when he reached the second left-hand bend.
“He moved into the middle of two lanes. A witness believed he was traveling at more than 60 miles per hour.”
A driver across the road, Lawrence Morgan, said his car missed “by inches” as Mudd “desperately” tried to maintain control.
Mudd then collided with an oncoming black Vauxhall Astra driven by Mr Rees. Immediately behind the Astra was another driver, Mrs Robinson, who had to apply the emergency brake to avoid hitting the rear of Mr Rees’ car.
The Astra left the road, spun down an embankment and got stuck between trees.
“Mr Rees, who was in the shops, said the BMW absolutely flies,” added Ms Smith-Higgins.
“The very last thing Mr. Rees can remember is trying to steer left to avoid the defendant’s BMW.”
Firefighters had to cut both Mr. Rees and Mudd out of their vehicles. Mr Rees was left with seven broken ribs, a fractured pelvis, a split liver, a collapsed right lung and bruising to his eye socket and scalp.
He spent nine days in a trauma unit at the University Hospital of Wales.
In a statement from the victim taken six months later, he said he was still in pain, adding: “I take tramadol and sleeping pills.
“I will never drive again because I lost my confidence. I used to play pool with my friends on a weekly basis, which I can’t do anymore. I’m stuck in my apartment with nowhere else to go but the local store.”
Mr Rees has struggled to eat since the crash, has lost more than two stones and has suffered from mood swings. He believes he will never work again.
Mudd, from Heol-Y-Coed in Pontyclun, had been driving for 11 months at the time of the accident. Alexander Greenwood said mitigatingly, “He must live with the consequences of this horrific incident for the rest of his life… He listened intently as the victim’s personal statement was read.
“He himself suffered an arm wound and a very serious fracture of the femur that required surgery. He still has screws in place.”
Mr Greenwood described Mudd as an “impeccable young man” barring a “moment of madness lasting only seconds” when he made a “very immature driving decision”.
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Mudd would be “particularly vulnerable” in prison given his age and injury, meaning he “limps a bit” although he has been able to keep his bar manager job, the lawyer said, adding: “Apologies to Mr Rees will ring hollow , but he should know that the consequences for him preoccupy the accused on a daily basis.
Judge David Wynn Morgan contradicted Mr Greenwood’s comment about a “moment of madness”. Mudd’s passenger and another witness had both described the defendant as speeding some time before the accident.
The judge said he was “showing off” and “aggressive” in his driving, but also “an extremely young man” who was highly regarded by work colleagues and those close to him.
Judge Morgan imposed an 18-month prison sentence, which was suspended for 24 months. Mudd must comply with a six-month 9pm-7am curfew and complete 200 hours of unpaid work and 15 days of rehabilitation activities.
He was given a five-year driving ban.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/aftermath-horror-crash-caused-life-27094140 After a horrific accident that left life-changing injuries when a teenager 'showed off' in BMW.