Posted: Tue 24th Jan 2023

Gwynedd man jailed for crash which left woman with life-changing injuries

North Wales news and information

A man who caused a serious crash which left a woman with life-changing injuries has been jailed. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Kenny Lee Blake appeared before Caernarfon Crown Court yesterday (Monday, January 23) where he was sentenced to four years and three months imprisonment. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

The 25-year-old of Corbett Square, Tywyn, had earlier pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving following a collision near Barmouth in October 2021. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

The collision happened shortly before 8.10pm on October 31 on the A496 in an area known as the Glandwr Straight, and involved a blue coloured VW Golf. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

The woman, who was a passenger in the car, was taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor and was later transferred to hospital in Stoke where she remained for ten months with a life-changing injury. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Following the sentencing, the investigating officer PC Dan Owen of the Roads Policing Unit said: “Blake, who was already disqualified from driving, showed appalling disregard for the safety of others as he drove dangerously that night. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“This case highlights the devastating consequences of such a poor standard of driving and the serious, often life-changing repercussions that this can have on other road users. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“This outcome doesn’t change the injuries the victim now has to live with, however, this has been a thorough investigation with a sentence that hopefully carries a warning to others who chose to drive in a dangerous manner that they will be brought to justice.” ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

In addition to his prison sentence, Blake was also disqualified from driving for ten years. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

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