Horrifying footage of drink-driver hitting motorcyclist at 84mph
Harrowing dash cam footage captured the moment a motorcyclist was hit by a drink-driver on the A3, breaking the rider’s back and leaving him with life-changing injuries. The footage, recorded by the driver’s own dash cam, shows him weaving in and out of lanes on the dual carriageway and driving well above the speed limit before failing to notice a motorcyclist driving ahead of him.
He collided with the motorcycle at 84mph, leaving him with a broken back and deep cuts to his elbow, near Thursley in Surrey in July last year. The driver was arrested at the scene and blood analysis later showed that he had 105mg of alcohol per 100ml in his system, above the legal limit of 80mg per 100ml.
The footage shows a red light clearly visible in the distance, getting nearer before the biker’s form suddenly appears right in front of the windscreen. The driver brakes only as he hits the man, who is sent skidding down the road with his bike flying ahead of him, sparks flying around him.
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Nuno Ferreira, 45, of Silo Drive in Godalming, was sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment and disqualified from driving for four years at Guildford Crown Court on May 26.. Police Constable Chris Nicholson from the Surrey Roads Policing Unit, who investigated the case, said: “This was a traumatic incident for the victim, who suffered life-changing injuries as a result of Ferreira’s selfish decision to drink and drive.
“I would like to thank the victim for giving us permission to share this haunting footage to highlight the consequences of drink-driving. I would also like to remind the public that even if you think you’ve had a drink but feel fine to drive, you are not. By getting in the car after drinking alcohol, you are putting not only your life at risk, but the lives of innocent members of the public who are just going about their day. It is never acceptable.”
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