A man left his partner without a left foot after she told him she was leaving him for another man.
David Croxton, 34, claimed Tanya Buckley, 27, from Widnes, near Liverpool, was ‘the love of his life’ but left her life-changing injuries after crashing into a moving car and knocking her from the back had thrown off his bike in 2019.
The accident happened when Croxton took Tanya to his flat to talk about their relationship after telling him it was over and that she was now in a new relationship.
Tanya had to have her foot amputated after the crash and says she no longer is who she was. She is reliant on a wheelchair.
Croxton was found guilty in June of causing serious injury through dangerous driving and was sentenced to two years in prison at Liverpool Crown Court.
Tanya has been candid about their relationship, claiming that Croxton was mentally abusive and controlling.
Tanya Buckley, 27, from Liverpool, has revealed how her foot was amputated after being thrown from her controlling ex-boyfriend’s motorcycle in a crash in 2019.
The crash victim, left, said she met David, right, when she was 19 and didn’t immediately realize he was controlling and verbally abusive. In 2019, she suspected that he had cheated on her and decided to move. The day before the crash she told him she saw a new one
Tanya said, ‘David was dominant towards me. He was very demanding and for most of the relationship I was wary of him.
“He wanted sex twice a day and it was too much for me, but at the same time I didn’t want to thwart him.
“I know I shouldn’t have gotten on his bike; I did it in a moment of madness, because I was panicking and trying to calm him down. I will live with that for the rest of my life.
“It took a year before I could even bear to look at my foot. I still struggle a lot with my self-esteem and self-confidence.’
Tanya spent a year in a wheelchair after the accident and said she couldn’t bring herself to look at her left leg.
Tanya met Croxton at a party at her father’s house six years ago and they quickly became an item.
“David gave me security and stability. He had his own house, I moved in and it was everything I’d always wanted. David worked in a warehouse, he made all the money, and he said he wanted to take care of me,” she said.
‘At the time I thought he was being friendly. I was only 19 when we met, he was seven years older and I came from a difficult background. So I put all my trust in him.’
But as time went on, Croxton became controlling and manipulative.
David Croxton, 34, pictured, was sentenced to two years in prison for causing serious injury through dangerous driving at Liverpool Crown Court
“He managed all the money. He wanted the house to be kept clean and his meals cooked, and he wanted sex twice a day,” Tanya said.
“If I didn’t do what he wanted, he would lose his temper and I wouldn’t get any money,” she added.
“I had a difficult relationship with my family, but David made it much worse. He told me that no one cared about me but him. He made me think he was all I had.
“He wasn’t violent, but verbally very cruel.”
In early 2019, Tanya suspected David had been unfaithful to her and moved. She began to see a new partner.
“I told David it was over, but he didn’t believe me,” she said.
“The next morning at six o’clock he showed up on his motorcycle in front of my new friend’s house and demanded an explanation. He made a scene and he wanted me to go back to his flat so we could talk.
“I saw he wasn’t going to leave, so I agreed to go with him, just to calm him down. I got on the bike without a helmet, which was such a stupid thing to do. I just wasn’t thinking clearly. I was so panicked.’
Croxton drove off at high speed, overtaking a long line of stationary traffic before crashing into a spinning Peugeot car. Tanya was thrown from the motorcycle and was seriously injured when she landed on a metal pole. She was flown to the hospital.
Her left foot had to be amputated and her right knee and arm were badly damaged. She had several broken bones and torn ligaments and was in the hospital for a month.
She said: ‘I was knocked unconscious after the crash. I woke up in the helicopter and I was bleeding a lot. After the amputation, I couldn’t bear to look at myself. I cut myself off from everyone.
“David contacted me and said he wished it was him, not me, boneless. He told me that the crash was not his fault and that it was the other driver. I believed him for a little while, and we were together briefly,” she added.
Pictured: Tanya’s leg as she recovered from the crash. She admitted that Croxton had lied to her and told her that the crash was caused by the other driver, prompting her to rejoin him for a while, before stopping for good.
“But when my family explained what had happened, I realized David was lying to me—again. I came to my senses, but of course it was too late in many ways. The damage has been done.’
A year after the accident, Tanya was in a wheelchair.
She says, “I couldn’t bear to look at my foot. I didn’t want anyone to see it. It was horrible. Even now I don’t like to watch it. I had another surgery last year and I will need more in the future.’
In June 2021, David Croxton denied having caused serious injuries through dangerous driving, blaming the Peugeot driver, but was found guilty by a Liverpool Crown Court jury. He was jailed for two years.
During the hearing, the court learned that Croxton has a previous 2004 dangerous driving conviction, in which he broke his pelvis and collarbone.
Natalia Cornwall, who defended him, said he also suffered “serious injuries” in the motorcycle crash after losing part of his tibia, but added that these were “not comparable” to Ms Buckley’s.
She added that Croxton: “still claims she is the love of his life.”
According to Mrs Cornwall, Croxton repented and “held himself fully responsible”, but this was disputed by Judge Robert Trevor-Jones.
The judge said the “way in which he testified” at the trial “proved otherwise.”
Mrs Cornwall said Croxton did not have the ‘social skills’ to ‘express himself properly.
She said Croxton had had a “difficult childhood” and had been diagnosed with PTSD since the crash.
During the sentencing, Judge Trevor-Jones said at trial that Croxton insisted it was really the Peugeot driver’s fault that caused the collision.
Croxton interrupted the judge to say, “I’ll have to live with it forever, Your Honor,” to which the judge replied, “That’s the case, inevitably.”
Tanya, now pictured, said she regretted getting on Croxton’s bike. She said she only did it to appease him after he showed up unannounced at her new boyfriend’s apartment
He claimed Croxton was in a hurry to get back to his flat to discuss his relationship with Tanya.
The judge said Croxton showed “blatant disregard for the considerable danger you put her in,” adding that he was responsible for her not riding the motorcycle as a pillion passenger.
He added that Tanya had clearly suffered life-changing injuries.
Tanya said, “I felt the conviction was a joke. David lied in court and said we were back together, which is just not true. I never want to see him again.
“I’m single now and I want to stay that way.”