A London motorist who left a woman paralysed after mounting the pavement in his vehicle has been jailed.
Pascoe Petgrave, 21 and of no fixed abode, was found guilty at the Inner London Crown Court of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and sentenced to two and a half years in jail.
Petgrave had previously pleaded guilty to three counts of making off without payment, and was sentenced to one month in jail for each of these offences, to run concurrently. He was also disqualified from driving for two years.
Police were called at approximately 4.40am on May 29, 2016 to reports that a BMW 3 series had collided with two women after it drove along the pavement on Norwood High Street in South London, near Scandals Night Club.
The driver did not stop at the scene and continued to drive along the pavement for some distance before rejoining the road.
The two women were taken to hospital by the London Ambulance Service. One of the women, Chanelle Higgins, spent five months in hospital and has been paralysed from the waist down. She is confined to a wheelchair with only limited use of her upper body.
Her friend was also treated in hospital but was discharged following treatment for her injuries.
The BMW was located on 16 June 2016 parked in a residential street in South London. Petgrave was arrested the same day and was subsequently charged.
Detective constable Nicky Dixon, from Lambeth CID, said: “I would like to praise the bravery of both of the women who were injured in the collision. The strength they have shown in their continued recovery is testament to their unwillingness lo let Petgrave ruin their lives.
“Petgrave’s driving that night fell far below what is expected of anyone driving on London’s streets. His actions have left a young mother paralysed. It is only right that he receive a custodial sentence in relation to this horrific incident. It is only by luck that no one else was injured, or even killed.”