Anger over sentence of dangerous driver

The damaged Peugeot 206 driven by Smalley
The damaged Peugeot 206 driven by Smalley

‘PURE anger’ – that was the reaction of a step-father when he learned the sentence of a man who crashed his car and seriously injured three teenagers.

Ross Smalley, 21, of Shelby Road, Worthing, was at the wheel of a Peugeot 206 that collided with a parked car in Alinora Avenue, in Goring, on April 15, leaving three teenage girls with horrific injuries.

He was sentenced to a 12 month suspended sentence at Chichester Crown Court on Tuesday, following his conviction for causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Scores of people have criticised the length of the sentence and the step-father of one of the girls joined them in expressing his dismay. He said: “My reaction was pure anger. I got a speeding fine this week and I have to pay the same amount of money as he has.

“If he keeps his nose clean, he won’t get any sentence. Is that the same value as my step-daughter nearly losing her life?

“Two years’ custody was what we were expecting when he first went to court.”

Smalley escaped with only minor injuries when he collided with the parked Mercedes-Benz A10 but the girls suffered injuries which included a fractured skull and broken pelvis.

The step-father, who wished to remain anonymous, said his 18-year-old step-daughter had only just managed to return to work and had spent months on crutches after operations to insert metal plates in her pelvis.

For the full story, see the Herald, out Thursday, December 18.