Crash driver guilty of causing GBH

A driver who left a physio-therapist paralysed from the neck down after a high-speed road accident has been found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm.

A DRIVER who left a physiotherapist paralysed from the neck down after a high-speed road accident has been found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm.

Cate Stephens' Peugeot 206 was struck by an Audi A8 being driven by Paul Prior, 41, on the A120 near to Stansted Airport.

It was alleged the Audi had been travelling at speeds of up to 120mph before the accident and one witness even thought Prior tried to ram Miss Stephens' car because he could see no reason for the collision.

The 26-year-old's car was sent careering from the road, spinning and flipping, before coming to rest upside down in a field, leaving Miss Stephens hanging from her seatbelt.


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At the time of the accident in September 2006 Miss Stephens had just started work at Colchester Garrison as a physiotherapist and was living in Bury St Edmunds.

She was left paralysed from the neck down and signed documents relating to the court case by using her mouth to hold a pen.

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