A grieving mother’s drunk driving warning before Christmas

Kara Prentice suffered a horrific injury after being beaten by Rebecca Hodgson (Image: Liverpool Echo)

A mother whose daughter died from horrific injuries after being hit by a car has issued a stark warning about the ‘devastating’ it can be to get behind the wheel while drunk.

Kara Prentice has been hospitalized for nearly two years after being attacked by a drunk driver while boarding a taxi in New Brighton, Merseyside, in September 2018.

In addition to her multiple fractures, the mother-of-three later had both legs amputated and unfortunately passed away from her injuries on June 4 of this year.

Now that the festive season is approaching, Kara’s heartbroken mother Maria Bruce says she is on a mission to ensure that no other family has to go through the same ‘nightmare’ as hers.

She told the Liverpool Echo: ‘It’s Christmas, so people are more likely to go out and drink, maybe more than usual.

‘Of course, everyone has the right to go out and enjoy themselves, which is totally fine, but people also need to know how devastating their drinking can be.

‘The wait times for taxis around this time of year become ridiculous and people are left with just waiting and waiting but then for some of those people they will wait so long they will Get in the car and drive home. By doing so, they are risking the lives of others. ‘

Rebecca Hodgson has been jailed for three years at Liverpool Crown Court after pleading guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving. A roadside breath test showed her to be almost double the statutory limit.

Kara spent two years in hospital before sadly passing away from her injuries in June (Image: Liverpool ECHO)
Hodgson was jailed for three years (Image: Liverpool Echo)

Maria, who lives in Wallasey, added: ‘Kara loves Christmas, she lives for it – she loves everything about Christmas, Halloween, bonfire nights, but Christmas especially.

‘So for her not to be here, it’s tough.

‘When you’re out shopping for Christmas presents and you see something and think of someone you love and think to yourself “they really liked that” and then you remember they’re not around anymore – that’s something no one has to go through. ‘

Maria said she wants landlords and bar staff to step in and take action if they know someone intends to drive after drinking.

She said: ‘At the end of the day, they’re serving someone a drink knowing they’re stepping into a killing machine that could wreak havoc on other people’s lives.

‘In a pub I believe there is at least one person who has too much and chooses to leave that pub and get in their car to drive home.

‘If they can get rid of one person doing it, it’s either a life saved or a death avoided.

‘It’s a collection of parents who don’t have to go through what I’m going through and a family that doesn’t have to be devastated.’

Photo showing impact damage (Image: Liverpool Echo)

All establishments that are authorized to sell alcohol in the UK must take ‘reasonable steps to prevent drunk driving’, but owners and staff cannot be held liable for violations. related to drink driving.

Maria said they would think twice about servicing someone they suspect might be behind the wheel ‘if there is a deterrent in place’, such as risking losing their license.

She added: ‘I just want people to be aware that the selfish act of one person while motion sickness has a ripple effect and things need to change.

‘I want people to think before getting in the car, nobody has to go through this, especially around Christmas.’

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