Jailed drug driver went through red light and seriously injured e-scooter rider

The victim suffered extensive injuries which continue to have a ‘profound impact’ on her and her family

A man who drove through a red light and hit a young woman riding an e-scooter has been jailed.

Thomas Trott was sentenced to 20 months in prison and banned from driving for three-and-a-half years after the incident on Hartcliffe Way on May 18.

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Trott, 27, of Westbourne Road in Downend, drove his Vauxhall Insignia through a red light and hit 20-year-old Jade Hodson-Walker, who was riding an e-scooter over a pedestrian crossing.

Jade suffered potentially life-threatening injuries and spent several months in hospital, including two weeks in intensive care.

She continues to undergo treatment.

Thomas Trott failed to stop at red traffic lights and collided with 20-year-old Jade Hodson-Walker, who was riding an e-scooter

Trott was arrested at the scene and charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving; driving with a proportion of specified controlled drug above the specified limit; driving without insurance and possession of cannabis.

He was convicted of all charges and sentenced to a total of 20 months’ imprisonment at Bristol Crown Court on January 18.

Inspector Andy Barry from the Roads Policing Unit said: “This case is a stark reminder that dangerous driving, or driving under the influence of drink or drugs, can have devastating outcomes.

“The victim in this case suffered extensive injuries which continue to have a profound impact on her and her family’s life.

“I am pleased that the driver is now facing the consequences for his unacceptable actions.”