Single mum, 32, high on cocaine who mowed down cyclist while her two kids were in the car is caged

Emily Brown, a 32-year-old lettings agency worker, was high on cocaine and not wearing her glasses when her VW Golf hit Stuart Crowther from behind during the evening rush hour.

Mr Crowther, 58, who was wearing reflective clothing but no safety helmet was thrown over the windscreen and roof of the car and was left with serious injuries including a fractured skull.

Ten months on since the 25mph impact in Oldham, Greater Manchester last October 11, he still suffers from dizziness and concentration problems and has not been able to return to work as an HGV driver. He will have to reapply for his HGV license.

Brown, of Royton, near Oldham, Greater Manchester later failed a roadside drug test for cocaine and subsequently failed a standard eye test of reading a registration plate from 20 metres away.

Police said in one test she was only able to read a number plate from 13 metres away.

Brown said she had been taking cocaine 48 hours before the incident as it was the sixth anniversary of the deaths of her premature born twins and claimed she did not think it would still be in her system.

Tests suggested she had taken the drug as little as 12 hours before the crash due to the cocaine metabolite in her system.

She claimed the accident occurred when she became distracted by her daughter attempting to turn on the car radio.

At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, Brown – whose daughters are aged 5 and 13 – wept as she was jailed for 12 months after she admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving and drug driving. The children are unaware of their mother's conviction.

Sentencing Judge Bernadette Baxter told Brown: '''I accept you did not appreciate that the drugs would still be in your system but it’s obvious to those using class A drugs recreationally that there is a risk as regards your ability to drive sometime after consuming.

''You have expressed genuine remorse, you are a valued member of staff at work and you suffer with depression, and have been self medicating with cannabis and cocaine following the death of your twin babies. I have also been told your daughter has been having problems at school.

''But you need to face your responsibilities as a mother. I am fully aware you have suffered a bereavement but you are responsible for you children and they are not responsible for your actions.

There was significant risk to life by your own driving. He has suffered life changing injuries.''

The hearing was told the the incident occurred at a road junction after Brown had been out with the children and the father of one of the girls for a family meal at a restaurant.

Brown was also banned from driving for four and a half years.

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