December 6 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
A Dereham man who suffered serious injuries in a Valentine’s Day crash that killed a Norfolk mother has appealed for information to track down a black car that caused him to swerve his Skoda into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
Andrew Scottow, 25, of Norwich Road, said he was lucky to survive the crash on the A47 at Dereham in which his red Skoda was forced to plough into another car carrying mum-of-three Kim Utting, 52, and her daughter Emma Herring, 31, by a black Peugeot 307 that had overtaken Mrs Utting’s vehicle.
He suffered a brain haemorrhage, ripped diaphragm, collapsed lung, broken pelvis and broken humerus as a result of the morning collision and spent a month in hospital.
The crash also caused post traumatic amnesia, which meant he had no recollection of events that day and his last memory was of watching TV the night before because one of his friends was appearing in a Pukka Pies advert.
The psychological injuries have also caused him to suffer from anxiety and periods of aggressive behaviour.
However, he said his main concern was to seek justice for Mrs Utting’s family, adding: “I don’t want to take anything away from Kim Utting’s family because I have not suffered as badly as they have from this. I want to try and bring the driver to justice for them.”
Following the collision, he was in a coma for a week and then underwent three further weeks of treatment before leaving hospital initially to live with his parents in Dereham for a while before he was able to return to his Norwich Road home.
Mrs Utting, who died in the crash, was a prominent figure on the dog show scene and won a major prize at Crufts in 2008 with her mastiffs.
Crystal Eaton, personal injury solicitor at Slater and Gordon, which is representing Mr Scottow, said: “Mr Scottow has been deeply affected by the crash and those emotional scars have been further deepened by the fact the driver at the centre of the accident has yet to be apprehended.
“We are now hoping this appeal may help someone come forward with information which could help us find the driver in question and uncover why this terrible crash happened.” A police spokesman said further information about the crash would be welcomed.
Contact the serious collision investigation team at Wymondham on 101.