A grandfather seriously injured after a rubbish truck ploughed into the back of his car has told how he will never recover from the crash which also claimed the life of his passenger.
Michael Jennings, 69, spoke after the truck driver Adam Lipowski, was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving after a trial at Oxford Crown Court.
The retired ambulance technician, from Priory Road, Hungerford, said: “I doubt I will ever fully recover from this crash. I suffered deep vein thrombosis in my left leg and clot in my lungs which has left me with permanent swelling and pain.
“Spending years as an ambulance technician shows you there are always people who are worse off than you are. I try to be positive but this crash has changed my life.”
The married grandfather-of-five, who was shot in the leg but survived the Hungerford massacre in 1987, added: “The consequences of the brain injury are also significant. It is more obvious to my friends and family, particularly my wife, Christine, but I’ve become much more impatient, frustrated and easier to anger after this.
“This has also had a devastating impact on the family of my colleague Andy Evans who died. Our thoughts are with them.”
Mr Jennings has now instructed law firm Slater and Gordon to launch civil action against Lipowski.
Slater and Gordon Personal Injury Lawyer Matthew Claxson, representing Mr Jennings, said: “Lipowski showed utter contempt for the laws of the road which resulted in tragic and devastating consequences for innocent road users.
“The evidence which emerged throughout this trial illustrates once again just how lethal excess speed, inattention, mobile phone use by drivers can be. In a split second it can destroy lives.
“This crash has had a profound effect, not only on Mr Jennings, but also his family. Mr Jennings now has to live with the emotional and physical consequences of this.”
Lipowski will be sentenced on 5 May 2015.
Matthew Claxson is a Senior Personal injury Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK.
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