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Driver Jailed After Horrific Crash

Monday September 29 2014

South Yorkshire Police South Yorkshire Police

A BARNSLEY man who was "showing off" in his car left his two passengers badly injured after crashing at 110mph in a 30mph limit.

Gary Ford, 23, ignored the speed limit on Long Line near Dore, Sheffield, and told his horrified passengers "let's see what speed we can get to" before losing control.

His blue Ford Fiesta took off into the air and crashed into a wall causing significant front-nearside damage, Sheffield Crown Court was told.

His 18-year-old female passenger, who was in the back, needed surgery for a perforated bowel, tears to her pancreas and liver and two fractured vertebrae in her neck and back.

A 15-year-old boy, who was in the front seat, suffered two broken ankles, a broken wrist and chest burns from his seat belt.

Ford, of Darley, Worsbrough Dale, said he had been driving from Hillsborough to Dore and claimed he had been doing 60mph, but his passengers saw the speedometer reach 110mph before the crash.

Prosecutor Claire Larton said: "The female said she was scared to death and bouncing around all over the place and felt horrified.

"They both shouted 'slow down' but he didn't try to brake. The car took off and went straight into the wall."

Ford admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He was jailed for 12 months.

Ford was also banned from driving for three years and will have to take an extended test to regain his licence.

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Reply Posted by sam on Monday September 29 2014 at 09:59
what an absolute idiot.

Reply Posted by J on Monday September 29 2014 at 10:15
Ditto on the plus side his passengers will make full recoveries. We just have to hope he has learnt his lesson although it is a tough one

Reply Posted by Nic on Monday September 29 2014 at 10:32
Par for the course I'm afraid, Worsbrough Dump.
Idiots, so lucky they're alive.

Reply Posted by Miss X on Monday September 29 2014 at 10:41
Why is he being allowed to take an extended test after three years to regain his licence? Surely idiots like this should *never* be allowed back on the roads. He's lost his driving privileges for life.

Reply Posted by D. Mason on Monday September 29 2014 at 11:03
12 months!? WTF?

Reply Posted by Dickie on Monday September 29 2014 at 11:18
Complete and utter Idiot putting his young passengers through such an terrible ordeal I have no sympathy for tools who don't care about other individual's lives W''@NKER

Reply Posted by Anon on Monday September 29 2014 at 11:19
12 months is ridiculous when his passengers will remember hiring that wall for the rest of their lives

Reply Posted by J on Monday September 29 2014 at 11:22
What an absolutely idiot. No wonder insurance is so expensive when there's idiots like him about.. That will be insurance going up again for young drivers next year then yeah ?

Reply Posted by Debbie on Monday September 29 2014 at 11:45
12 Months but prob only do half of that, it sounds like the girl was very lucky to survive & will be scarred for life, as for "Worsbrough Dump" Nic i was born & raised in Worsbrough & have lots of family that live there, i have lived in several places in Barnsley & you find good & bad wherever you live. you obviously live in the perfect village that no one else knows about!

Reply Posted by just looking on Wednesday October 1 2014 at 10:46
well said Debbie would love to know where e lives but im glad the passengers are ok anyway

Reply Posted by Terri on Monday September 29 2014 at 13:09
What a ******* idiot its coz of arseholes like him why young drivers insurance is so high everyone under the age of 25 should be made to have a black box installed in their car i have one so if there was to be an accident in which i am involved in but not to blame then i have proof of my driving ****** idiot hope he dusnt pass his test again

Reply Posted by Samantha Spurgeon on Monday September 29 2014 at 13:47
12 months wtf..throw the book at the piece of scum..he should neva be allowed to drive again m shoukd serve more than 12 months ther no justice in that what so ever 12 month is nothing..

Reply Posted by Andy on Monday September 29 2014 at 13:53
Yes she will be scared for life !! Ye right only three months on and shes in other crash riding around with idiots whos the idiot ??

Reply Posted by Me on Monday September 29 2014 at 15:43
If I was the girls father I would make sure he could never drive again.

Reply Posted by Guido fawkes on Monday September 29 2014 at 16:32
He didn't force them into the car did he ,they chose to get in with an idiot who probably drove like this on numerous occasions and got away with it,thank god he didn't hit a child or some poor innocent person.

Reply Posted by wtf on Monday September 29 2014 at 20:23
this pratt should be doing 12 year not 12 months he could have been doing time for death by dangerous driving... what a absolute uneducated, piece if vermin

Reply Posted by worsbrough on Monday September 29 2014 at 23:41
Should learn to grip it more on corners and maybe he wouldnt have crashed learn from his mistakes he shall

Reply Posted by Ackerman on Tuesday September 30 2014 at 08:22
Take his licence of him as next time could be you he hits coming home from the school run.

Reply Posted by tanya on Tuesday September 30 2014 at 09:24
This is absolutely disgusting! He shouldn't be allowed his licence back at all! Why would anyone do that with a child in the front seat, in fact why would anyone do that at all?! He could have killed someone in the car or someone walking across the road or on the path. Punishment is too soft these days!!!

Reply Posted by Observer on Tuesday September 30 2014 at 11:52
Insurance for the young is extremely high. We think sometimes why? Though we shouldnt tar each of the younger with the same brush, this is a classical example of why. We should not alow people to have a license to drive until they have reached 30 years old. My opinion. Glad everyone in the vehicle lived. This could very easily have turned into something different. I have to wonder, did this guys parents buy him the car.

Reply Posted by me on Tuesday September 30 2014 at 17:39
12 month what a joke. I only got 12 month for being well over . and this idiot only gets a 12 mother 4 driving like a loony....

Reply Posted by john lancaster on Saturday October 4 2014 at 11:26
Should be at least 10 yrs prison sentance NO PAROLE and banned for life

Reply Posted by geoff on Tuesday September 30 2014 at 18:22
whats it matter if his parents bought him car or nt nowt t do wi them what there son does when he leaves home is what he does if he crashes his car nt his parents fault n ur sayin none of ur raced yea right come on that wa bad what he did n sud have got longer bt leave his parents art on it

Reply Posted by True Red on Tuesday September 30 2014 at 21:05
Don't give teenagers insurance until they agree to a limiter fitted to there cars.

Reply Posted by Guido fawkes on Tuesday September 30 2014 at 21:11
what ? and how do you suppose that will work? fool/

Reply Posted by chittychittybangbang on Wednesday October 1 2014 at 06:25
Ive seen an housefly, ive seen an horsefly, but ive never seen a carfly!

Reply Posted by True Red on Wednesday October 1 2014 at 09:04
When they apply for insurance guido/ daffy, or do you think our young drivers can't fill in a form on line. These limiters are already fitted to company cars/ vans and the price of fitting them is offset with lower premiums. Guido when are you going to be constructive in any WBA post

Reply Posted by Guido fawkes on Wednesday October 1 2014 at 09:11

Reply Posted by Guido fawkes, on Wednesday October 1 2014 at 09:10
is that West Bromwich Albion. ? your on the wrong site. true red@

Also a limiter will not stop them doing 60-70 mph past a school. you turd just like the team.