A man who caused a serious collision near Crewe has been jailed.
Dawid Dybich appeared at Chester Crown Court on Friday 11 June where he was sentenced to 27 months in prison for causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
He was also sentenced to nine months – to run concurrently – for making a false statement in order to obtain a driving licence.
The 26-year-old, of Tollitt Street, Crewe, had earlier pleaded guilty to both offences.
Shortly before 6.30pm on Friday 12 February, Dybich’s silver Renault van collided head on with a white Fiat Punto on the A500 near Crewe, after veering onto the wrong side of the road.
The driver of the Punto, a 54-year-old woman from Crewe, sustained life-changing injuries including a fractured pelvis, spine and legs. She has already undergone a number of operations and is still recovering her injuries.
Dybich was uninjured as a result of the incident.
During their enquiries officers discovered that Dybich was diabetic and insulin dependent, but had failed to notify the DVLA of his condition, when applying for his HGV licence.
Shortly before the collision he started to feel unwell, and decided to pull over to a garage to purchase some snacks to help his sugar levels.
However, rather than wait at the garage to ensure it was safe to drive, he got back into his van and drove towards Crewe. A short time later he suffered a hyperglycaemic attack which affected his driving and resulted in him colliding with the victim’s car.
Following the sentencing, Police Constable Geraint Williams, from the force’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Dybich was well aware of his condition and he knew the risks.
“But rather than manage his condition properly and notify the DVLA, he chose to put the lives of innocent members of the public at risk.
“As a result of the actions Dybich took that day, the victim has been left with serious injuries, which will affect her for the rest of her life, and he is now paying the price behind bars.
“This is a tragic case and if anything can be learned from it I hope it acts as a warning to others that the rules of the road are there for a reason and they apply to everyone. They are not just there to protect you but also to protect other motorists.”
In addition to his prison sentence Dybich was also banned from driving for three and a half years and ordered to take an extended retest.