A husband and wife have cheated death after the motorcycle they were riding was struck by a drug driver on the wrong side of the road.
Shocking video shows the moment mother Alison Amner, 55, was thrown eight feet into the air and against a garden wall after a driver who was high on cocaine crashed into the motorcycle, leaving her with injuries. that changed his life.
She was riding on the back of her husband’s bike when a drugged Matthew Bell ran over the couple as he passed a pickup truck in his Chevrolet around a curve.
Her husband Richard, 58, suffered a triple open fracture of the femur among other catastrophic injuries.
Four months after the crash, the couple have undergone more than 20 blood transfusions and still require the use of wheelchairs and daily visits from caregivers.
Now they have spoken about their ordeal after Bell was jailed for 30 months.
Alison Amner, 55, (left) and her husband Richard, 58, (right) were left with catastrophic injuries after their motorcycle was struck by a drugged driver.
Mother Alison Amner, 55, was thrown eight feet into the air after a cocaine-heavy driver crashed into her motorcycle, leaving her with life-changing injuries.
The couple were out for a regular spin on their Yamaha bike in Carmarthenshire, Wales, in July, when they were thrown from their motorcycle after being hit by Bell.
He later tested positive for cocaine and cannabis in his system.
The horrendous accident was captured on CCTV camera, and was so graphic that people at Swansea Crown Court were allowed to leave if it was too distressing.
Matthew Bell (pictured) has been jailed for 30 months for the accident involving his Chevrolet car
Bell drove on the wrong side of the road, next to the Transit van he was passing.
The motorcycle can clearly be seen traveling on the correct side of the road, before footage shows both the rider and his passenger being thrown from the bike.
Bell not only failed to stop immediately after the accident, but openly blamed the motorcycle driver and his wife for the accident, telling police at the scene that they “were on the wrong side of the road.”
Bell, of nearby Ferryside, admitted to two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, driving out of shape due to drugs, driving without a license and driving without insurance.
Prosecutor James Hartson said: “He continued to drive after the collision and witnesses formed the opinion that it was obvious he was trying to get away.”
The mechanical condition of his own vehicle prevented him from doing so. He attempted to blame the motorcycle driver and was heard saying “I’m screwed.”
He was sentenced to 30 months in prison, only half of which he will serve in jail, and was placed on a lengthy driving ban.
The motorcycle can clearly be seen traveling on the correct side of the road on CCTV footage.
Alison was riding on the back of her husband’s bike when a drugged Matthew Bell ran over the couple as he passed a pickup truck around a curve.
In a victim impact statement to the court, Alison said: “Emotionally, physically and mentally I can’t do anything. I am so afraid for the future. Financially, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’m self employed so I don’t know how I’ll manage.
‘I am worried about my husband, who is playing on my mind. My daughter is asking us if we are ever going to ride a bike again. Motorcycles are our passion and he (Bell) has taken that away from us. The man who did this doesn’t realize how badly it has affected our lives.
The couple, who spent weeks in two different hospitals 70 miles apart, spoke of their ordeal to the Welsh current affairs programme. And Byd ar Bedwar and called for tougher laws against drug drivers.
Richard said, “There were stages where I didn’t think I would come home.”
Alison was thrown against a garden wall, breaking a finger, her nose, nine ribs, and a punctured lung.
The couple (pictured before the accident) are now calling for tougher sentences for drivers who seriously injure others while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Alison added: “I have a pin and plate in my leg, I have a plate in my hand, I have a broken finger, a broken nose, nine ribs and a punctured lung.”
“We were so used to doing everything ourselves and now we depend on other people to do things for us. Like washing ourselves, making food for us, helping us dress, combing our hair.
‘My hand doesn’t work like it used to. And that’s what’s painful, not being able to do what you used to do with your hands.
Their 29-year-old daughter Jody now cares for her parents at home. She said: “I never thought that in my 20s I would be taking care of my parents.”
Richard and Alison’s home is now undergoing renovations to accommodate their injuries, including the installation of a wet room near the kitchen.
A A fundraising campaign has also been launched. to support the couple as they are unable to work after the accident.
The couple is now calling for tougher prison sentences for drivers who seriously injure others while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The 55-year-old man said they can’t do anything on their own now and have to rely on other people for help. Him in the photo with his daughters Jody and Kara at the hospital.
The couple spoke of their ordeal to Welsh current affairs program Y Byd ar Bedwar and called for stricter laws against drug drivers.
“The convictions he’s had, he’s done it more than once, 60+ odd convictions and he keeps driving down the road and this is what he did,” Alison said.
It has to change. You will be able to get up, you will be able to wash and dress, you will be given food. It’s just not enough.
The family’s local MP, Nia Griffith, raised the case with Secretary of State for Justice Dominic Raab in Parliament.
A Justice Ministry spokesman said: “Dangerous driving puts lives in danger, so we are increasing the maximum penalty for causing death by dangerous driving from 14 years to life in prison.”
‘Judges decide sentences following guidelines set by the independent Sentencing Council. They recently inquired about changes to sentencing for motor vehicle offences, including causing serious injury by dangerous driving.’