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Jail for woman who ran over one-year-old child leaving her with serious injuries in Cambridge





A woman who ran over her one-year-old great niece leaving her with a fractured skull after driving the wrong way down a one-way street whilst intoxicated has been jailed.

Mary Casey, 34, was driving a grey Nissan Qashqai along Mill Road in Cambridge at about 7.10pm on Sunday, 24 July, 2022.

CCTV still of Mary Casey driving just before the collision Picture: Cambridgeshire Constabulary
CCTV still of Mary Casey driving just before the collision Picture: Cambridgeshire Constabulary

She decided to overtake four cars waiting at the red traffic lights for the junction with St Barnabas Road and drive the wrong way down the one-way street.

Also in the car was Casey’s niece, who was sitting in the front passenger seat with the one-year-old on her lap. Another great niece and Casey’s two children were sat in the back of the vehicle.

After careering at speed round the corner and through the no entry signs, Casey lost control and crashed into two parked cars.

After the crash, the passenger removed the one-year-old child before placing her on the pavement to retrieve her second child.

However, as she did this, Casey reversed the car and collided with the child who was sitting on the pavement.

Mary Casey Picture: Cambridgeshire Constabulary
Mary Casey Picture: Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Casey then continued to drive down St Barnabas Road the wrong way with her two children still in the car and stopped in St Barnabas Court when the car became undriveable due to the damage.

The one-year-old was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital suffering from serious injuries, including a bleed on the brain, fractured skull and fractured ribs.

Casey, her niece and the other children were also taken to hospital as a precaution.

Casey provided a sample of blood in hospital which was tested for alcohol content and found to be over the legal limit for driving.

Casey, of Watling Street, Park Street, St Albans, was jailed for 20 months yesterday (Wednesday, 7 February) at Cambridge Crown Court, having pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

The damaged grey Nissan Qashqai that was being driven by Mary Casey Picture: Cambridgeshire Constabulary
The damaged grey Nissan Qashqai that was being driven by Mary Casey Picture: Cambridgeshire Constabulary

The court heard that Casey’s intoxication was an aggravating factor in the collisions and she was also disqualified from driving for three years and 10 months, as well as having to take an extended retest.

PC Edd Davidson-Smith said: “This was a shocking incident where Casey has driven recklessly and has seriously injured one of her young relatives.

“The outcome was very close to being a fatality and at one point, the little girl was given six hours to live and it is only thanks to extensive medical treatment, she is alive today.

“I hope this sentence provides a warning to drivers out there who think it is acceptable to drive recklessly or once they have consumed alcohol. Casey put so many people at risk during this episode of thoughtless driving, so I am glad she has been jailed.”



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