Hit-and-run victim's anger at sentence

A TEENAGE girl who was left for dead by a hit-and-run driver has said a three-month jail term handed to the guilty motorist was “not enough” for the suffering he caused.

A TEENAGE girl who was left for dead by a hit-and-run driver has said a three-month jail term handed to the guilty motorist was “not enough” for the suffering he caused.

Motorcyclist Jennifer Verhaest, 17, suffered horrific injuries in the crash and was only given a 30% chance of survival by doctors.

Her Yamaha bike collided with a Peugeot 406, driven by car dealer Lincoln Simpson, in Foxearth, near Sudbury, in July last year, after which the motorist fled the scene.

Simpson, 37, who handed himself in to police the following day, admitted charges of careless driving and failing to stop after the accident. He was jailed for three months and fined £500 by magistrates in Colchester last week.


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But Jennifer and her family, from Acton, near Sudbury, said the punishment did not reflect their ordeal.

“The sentence was not enough - he will never realise what he put me and my family through,” said the teenager.

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