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17 June 2011, 12:03
A driver who seriously injured a 23-year-old woman in a hit and run crash has been jailed for 164 days.
35-year-old Rohan Bingham, of Crossland Road, Bestwood, Nottingham, pleaded guilty to five charges.
'Left Her To Die'
Bingham crashed into Clare Carver while she was crossing Derby Road last November, he fled the scene.
Miss Carver suffered a massive head injury and had to have emergency surgery.
Seven months on, the 23-year-old is still in hospital, she can't walk and struggles to communicate.
Her dad Robert Carver, a senior lecturer at the University of Durham, explained the difficulties facing his daughter:
"It looks as though Clare will need round-the-clock care for the rest of her life and it appears unlikely that she will ever walk again."
"Clare is alive today only because there were people in the vicinity of the accident who did care, who saw a fellow human being in need and responded to that need.
"The contrast between their response and that of the driver - who simply left her to die (or to be struck again) in the road - could not be greater."
"At present, Clare is full of gratitude. She is grateful to be alive, grateful for the care and attention that she has been shown, and grateful for the love and concern that surround and sustain her. But she is beginning to fathom the full implications of her injuries."
Bingham was sentenced to 150 days for failing to report the incident and 14 days for possession of drugs.
He was also banned from driving for four years.