November 1 2014 Latest news:
Peter Walsh, Crime correspondent
Monday, March 3, 2014
A Costessey woman has described the moment “her life flashed before her eyes” after the taxi she was in was involved in a crash in Norwich’s clubland.
Four vehicles including two taxis and a police car were damaged in the incident, which closed Prince of Wales Road for several hours.
A taxi driver sitting in his vehicle suffered minor injuries in the incident which happened at just after 1.45am on Saturday and resulted in the road being closed until about 6am.
Roxanne Hickie, 45, was a passenger in one of the taxis damaged during the incident.
The mother-of-one, who works in the international office at the University of East Anglia (UEA), had been in London during the day for her work and was returning home when the incident happened.
She said: “It was quite scary. You see your life flashing before you and you just brace yourself – there’s nothing you can do.”
For Miss Hickie it brought back unwelcome memories of previous car crash in London a number of years ago.
She said: “I was aware of it and thinking ‘Oh no, not again’ but fortunately because it was a brand new car I was in they are pretty sturdy.
“But had I been sitting in the front passenger seat, where I would have taken the whole impact, it would have been a lot worse. The taxi driver was very shaken up by it.”
Miss Hickie suffered whiplash but she also had pain in her back and spine area which have since been X-rayed at hospital revealing that nothing has been broken.
She said: “It was more worrying thinking I had broken something or twisted my spine severely but now that I know it’s muscular I know it will go away.
Miss Hickie said her ordeal proved to be the end of a miserable week for her family.
She said: “It’s been a week from hell because my partner had a suspected heart attack on Tuesday, so it’s been quite a stressful week - it’s gone from one lot of shock to another lot of shock and trying to cope with all of that.”
• James Berryman, 21, of St Andrews Close, Old Buckenham, has been charged with a series of offences after being arrested in connection with a collision.
Berryman is accused of drink driving, having 75 microgrammes in 100 mililitres of breath, dangerous driving, using a vehicle without insurance, driving without a licence, failing to stop for police and aggravated vehicle taking and damaging property.
He has been released on bail with conditions not to enter Norwich city centre, as defined by the inner ring road, between 7pm and 7am and to observe a night time curfew between 9pm and 7am. Berryman will appear at Norwich Magistrates Court on Monday, March 17.
A second man arrested, the 22-year-old passenger, has been released on conditional bail until March 4 while inquiries continue.