Horrific CCTV captures drunk BMW driver's crash which left friend in a coma

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This is the shocking moment a drunk driver smashed his BMW into a bus stop in a horror crash which left his friend in a coma.

Mariusz Florczak, 34, also left the victim now unable to walk without a stick due to injuries suffered in the crash.

A court heard Florczak had been out drinking with the 38-year-old woman and her sister at a nightclub but decided to attempt to drive home at almost double the speed limit.

Florczak, who only passed his driving test 12 months earlier, somehow walked away unharmed after the crash in Ardwick, Manchester.

But today he was jailed for two years after admitting one count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, and another count of drink driving.

He has also been banned from driving for five years, Manchester Evening News reports.

Mariusz Florczak had been drinking at a nightclub before he got behind the motor

 

Sentencing Florczak, Judge Martin Rudland said: “You were driving a 3 Series BMW, a vehicle capable of high speeds with ease. You had only passed your test 12 months earlier.

“You should have been particularly vigilant and driving with care, particularly due to the high powered car, even more so when you had several passengers on board.

“This accident might well not have happened. Who knows what the true cause was.

“Remarkably you walked away from this. Other passengers were less fortunate.

“The appropriate message needs to be sent out to those who would be tempted to drink and drive.”

Florczak, 34, was jailed for two years

The court heard the women didn’t believe Florczak was drunk so agreed to the journey.

In the car the occupants were in “good spirits”, prosecutor Justin Hayhoe said, and “nobody was really paying attention” to the manner of the driving.

But Florczak lost control of the BMW minutes into the trip. He was travelling at 50mph, almost double the speed limit.

The stricken victim lost consciousness and fractured 10 ribs and her pelvis.

She spent one month in hospital, and had to be put into an induced coma.

When she was eventually released she was unable to leave her home, and could only move using a zimmer frame.

She is now walking again but needs a walking stick, and becomes breathless after a time.

She faces a long road of continuing medical treatment and rehabilitation.

Despite all this, she was happy for Florczak to visit her in hospital and they have since spoke on the phone.

The case was heard at Manchester Crown Court

In a victim impact statement, the woman, who said she doesn’t recall what happened in the car, said: “When I found out what had happened I was in shock. My life was ruined. I don’t feel like living.”

But she added: “I know accidents happen and he didn’t mean to cause this accident.”

Bruce Clark, defending, said Florczak visited the woman at the hospital and she was “happy to receive him”, and that she bears “no ill will” towards him.

Mr Clark said she “doesn’t want to see him go into custody”.

But Police Constable Seamus Toal, of Greater Manchester Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said Florczak, of Altrincham, Greater Manchester, was “foolish and quite frankly selfish”.

He said: “If you ever even think about getting behind the wheel after you’ve had a drink, no matter how much, please remember this footage.

“For the next two years, Florczak will have plenty of time to think about what he’s done and the pain and suffering he caused his passenger but for her, every time she puts one foot in front of the other, every time she tries to move, she’ll be reminded of his foolish and quite frankly selfish actions that morning.

“I have no doubt that had he not collided with the bus stop and lamppost, he could have killed someone and it is only luck that has saved innocent members of the public.”

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