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Video shows horrific crash which left Tom Carey from Rochester with serious injuries and led to jailing of Gentjan Lalaj

A 21-year-old who caused serious injuries to a pedestrian during a police chase has been jailed for three years - with a horrifying video of the crash released with the victim's consent.

Gentjan Lalaj left 27-year-old civil engineer Tom Carey, from Rochester, with a torn liver, a fractured kneecap, dislocated shoulder, a broken nose and tendon and ligament damage after the high-speed collision in Southampton.

His Volvo threw Mr Carey over a wall when it struck him, before bursting into flames, having earlier sped away from officers when they tried to pull him over.

The crash which seriously injured Tom Carey. Some viewers may find it upsetting

The victim spent 12 days in hospital and has given permission for footage of the shocking crash to be broadcast.

Lalaj tried to flee after the crash but was hunted down by officers.

He was found guilty of causing serious injury by dangerous driving at Southampton Crown Court today.

He was also found guilty of driving with no insurance and otherwise than in accordance with a licence and has been disqualified from driving for six and a half years.

Gentjan Lalaj has been jailed for three years. Picture: Hampshire Police
Gentjan Lalaj has been jailed for three years. Picture: Hampshire Police

PC Simon Bradbury from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Hampshire Police said: “This is the one of the worst cases of dangerous driving I have seen in the last 10 years.

“Lalaj showed absolutely no regard for the law, or for the other people he was sharing the road with.

“This culminated in the horrifying collision with Mr Carey, who was extremely fortunate not to be killed.

"I absolutely commend Mr Carey for the bravery he has shown during proceedings and for making his victim personal statement which showed the true and ongoing impact of the collision.

“Despite his excellent recovery he has been left with injuries from which he may never fully recover.

“I hope today’s sentence will go some way towards helping Mr Carey find closure and cause others who might consider acting in a similar way, to stop and think of the devastation that could occur.”


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