The family of 17-year-old Miriam Parker have vowed to campaign for a change in the law to bridge what they feel is a gap between the offence of careless driving and the more serious offence of dangerous driving.
It is said that charge of careless driving does not currently take into account the severity of the victim’s injuries. Miriam was left with severe brain injuries when she was hit by Amin Aminullah, the driver from South Croydon who drove through a red light on New Years Day.
Acting Detective Inspector Mick Wollard, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit of the Met has agreed that “There is an unfortunate gap in the law that does not allow a charge of causing serious injury by careless driving”.
Amin Aminullah was banned from driving for four years and fined £1,400, after pleading guilty to careless driving.
Victim impact or ‘Victim Personal Statements’ have been a recent development and allow the victim a voice prior to sentence.
If the court allows, the victim can actually read the statement in court. These reforms are to offer the victim a structured opportunity to tell the court how the crime has affected them.
This might be physically, financially or psychologically. An immediate relative might be considered a victim, such as in a Murder, Manslaughter or Death by Dangerous Driving cases.
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