An Amazon delivery driver has told of the harrowing moment he was mowed down by a truck and dragged more than 300ft.
A few minutes before midday on March 3 this year Chance Bright, 23, left his van unlocked as he walked up a driveway to deliver a parcel in Coven, near Wolverhampton.
Career criminal Brian Atkinson spied his chance to the steal the van and jumped in it and drove off
Mitchell Rose, aged 27, then got into Atkinson's scrap truck to remove it from the scene.
Mr Bright shouted and waved his arms, to try and make Atkinson stop, but Rose shook his head as if to say 'No' and ran over Mr Bright.
Chance screamed as he was dragged 311ft under the vehicle and was left paralysed.
Recalling that fateful day, Mr Bright, said: "My life changed forever on March 4. I was left with a broken back. I had to undergo surgery for the horrific injuries I incurred by being dragged under a chassis of a van on the road for 95 metres.
"My condition was so acute I had to be put in a coma for three days.
"I was in hospital for eight weeks before I managed to sit myself up in bed.
"I had no feeling in my legs. I became very emotional. I knew I would never walk again. Getting out of bed and walking across a room was now a major challenge.
"My ability to walk or run are just a couple of the bodily functions the driver of the van took away from me.
"I used to love playing football with the same group of mates every Sunday. I loved ice skating, trampolining and taking the dogs a walk. I feel only rage and bitterness."
There has also been an impact on his private life and he and his girlfriend have now split up.
In week nine he had skin grafts and experienced pain in his left shoulder and in week 11 he had to wear a catheter.
He was moved from the Royal Stoke University Hospital to an Orthopedic Unit in Oswestry and he was placed into quarantine.
Chance said: "I was so far away from family and friends and apart from other patients. I had never felt so alone.
"I was once proud of my physical appearance. Now I feel self-conscious."
Chance, who has now left hospital, made a second statement on November 11 in which he stated he has noticed himself feeling more and more frustrated.
He added: "I push those away who love me. My body and mind have been affected. I miss my independence, my strength, my drive."
Speaking after the sentence, he said: “The trial has been an exceptionally difficult time for me and my family, and following the sentencing, we now hope to be able to put this chapter behind us and move forwards.
“I am still in the early stages of my rehabilitation and recovery, and that is very much going to be my focus now.
“On that day my life changed forever. It will never be the same again, but I take every day as it comes now, and I try to stay positive for the future.”
Rose, of Walsall, was yesterday jailed for 12 years at Stafford Crown Court.
He was cleared of attempted murder after a trial at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court but was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
He admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving and was banned from driving for six years which will start when he is released from jail.
Atkinson, aged 41, of Walsall, admitted theft and was convicted of assisting an offender.
He also admitted dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance, failing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis, and failing to surrender to custody which related to an incident in the early hours of June 27, 2018 when he tried to evade arrest.
He was banned from driving for five years which will start when he is released from prison.
Rose's sister, Carol Davis, aged 39, of Walsall, who played her part in a 'cover-up operation' to try and 'save her brother's skin', admitted assisting an offender.
She has been in custody since her arrest and was sentenced to a 12 month community order with a rehabilitation activity requirement for 20 days.
Davis recruited Emma Griffin, aged 34, of Field Road, Walsall, to drive them all to North Wales.
Griffin also admitted assisting an offender and was sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for 18 months, with a thinking skills programme and a rehabilitation activity requirement for 30 days.
Speaking after the case, Detective Constable Laura Turner, from CID, said: “This was a selfish and thoughtless crime that has had a lasting impact on a young hardworking man who had the rest of his life still ahead of him. His life will never be the same again."
Judge Paul Glenn told the defendants: "The events were life-changing as far as Mr Bright was concerned. He is a young man who was simply doing his job delivering parcels."
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