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Car accident victim ‘let down by court’
MUM Kerry Hyatt has suffered months of nightmares and agony after she was run over in a supermarket car park.
Her right leg is still in a metal support cage after the shin bone was shattered. Her left leg was broken in two places.
The 30-year-old says she has suffered post traumatic stress disorder and is about to start counselling.
But the motorist who was charged with causing her injuries has escaped with just a £90 fine and six penalty points on her licence.
Mum-of-three Mrs Hyatt was knocked down by a Ford Fiesta after a Saturday afternoon trip to Sainsbury’s in Witney.
Mrs Hyatt sat in Banbury Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday with husband James to see Carol Glynn, 66, from Finstock, near Charlbury, plead guilty to driving without due care and attention.
But the Crown Prosecution Service dropped charges of failing to stop after an accident and failing to report an accident.
Mrs Hyatt, of Blakes Avenue, Witney, said: “She has completely got away with it.
“The punishment she has got has had no impact on her life whatsoever.”
The maximum penalty for driving without due care or attention is a £2,500 fine, nine penalty points, and a driving ban.
But in all, Ms Flynn was fined £90, ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victims’ surcharge of £15.
Mrs Hyatt said: “I’m furious. I was expecting a little bit more than that.
“I feel very let down. I feel completely cheated.
“I was not hoping for anything like a massive fine or prison sentence but I was expecting at least a ban.”
Mrs Hyatt said the physical injuries should be healed by early next year but the psychological scars would take longer to getover.
She said Mr Hyatt, 35, was still on unpaid leave from his London IT consultant job looking after their three children – Charleigh, 10, and two-year-old twin sons Archie and Henry.
She added: “It’s been a huge strain on us financially.”
Mr Hyatt said: “I think she (Ms Glynn) has got away with it.
“I feel let down by the system. It just seems to be a bit of a joke.”
The electoral register lists Glynn as a director for multimedia firm Video 4 Ltd director between 2006 and 2008.
Former clients of the firm include the BBC, Metropolitan Police and RM.
She was last night unavailable to comment.
The Hyatts are planning to lodge a formal complaint with the CPS and are also considering a private law suit for compensation.