Willow Griffiths (pictured) was struck by a suspended truck driver who had medicine in his system and ran two purple lights
A schoolgirl who wants 24-hour care after flying nearly 13m when she was struck by a drugged up truck driver is suing for compensation.
Willow Griffiths had simply completed college about 3.15pm on February 6, 2020 and was ready for the go-ahead to securely cross the street outdoors Nazareth Faculty in Noble Park, in Melbourne‘s southeastern suburbs.
When she obtained the sign from the crossing guard, the then 17-year-old and some of her mates took a number of steps earlier than she was flung a horrifying 13m into the air after a truck hit her.
The drugged up driver who additionally had a suspended license on the time, Chas Nicholson, had sped by two purple lights when he hit Willow.
The crossing guard had managed to tug the others on the street out of the way in which however Willow was not so fortunate.
The now 18-year-old has been in hospital because the terrifying incident 10 months in the past and suffered a damaged again and everlasting mind injury.
She would require 24 hours of care when she is launched from hospital and her household has launched a civil lawsuit and suing him for compensation, the Herald Sun reported.
‘(Willow) has suffered damage, loss and injury because of the incident (which) was brought on by the negligence of the defendant,’ a writ submitted within the Supreme Courtroom learn.
Truck driver Chas Nicholson (pictured) was driving on a suspended license when he struck schoolgirl Willow Griffiths
Police arrive on the scene of the horrific incident on February 6, 2020 the place Willow was hit by a drugged truck driver
Regardless of all her accidents and struggling, Willow recorded a sufferer affect assertion which to be proven in Victoria’s County Courtroom.
‘My title is Willow Griffiths,’ she stated slowly with a pause in between every phrase.
‘I am 18 years outdated. The accident occurred in February and I have been in hospital since.’
She spoke of lacking out on her ultimate 12 months of education, her 18th birthday, saying goodbye to her grandfather who handed away whereas she was nonetheless in hospital.
Her heartbroken mom Sylvia Griffiths, choked again tears when she defined how the horrifying incident had ‘damaged my household’.
She defined that despite the fact that her daughter continues to be alive it was additionally that ‘a lot was taken away from her’.
‘Each time I take a look at her I see her not having the ability to do a easy activity … realizing that I can not do something to repair it or make it higher,’ Mrs Griffiths stated.
She described the ready course of as ‘excruciating’ when she waited to see if her daughter would survive the life-changing ordeal.
Emergency companies seen outdoors the college the place Willow was hit by a truck driver on February 6
Willow’s sister Angela Griffiths instructed the court docket that she had pushed previous the scene a couple of minutes after.
It haunts her that if she had pushed previous the college earlier then she may have given Willow a trip residence as a substitute of her making her personal manner.
‘Once I drove previous her I noticed the blonde hair — not realizing it was my sister,’ she stated.
Angela stated she and Willow had at all times been by one another’s aspect from since they began dancing 13 years in the past and labored collectively.
‘All I care about is Willow: if she is comfy, if she is gloomy, lonely or offended. My feelings are irrelevant,’ she stated.
She stated she misses Willow earlier than the traumatic incident and will get ‘mad each day’ remembering what occurred to her beloved sister.
Pictured: The crash scene in Noble Park, in Melbourne’s southeastern suburbs the place Nicholson ran a purple mild and crashed into the schoolgirl, then 17
Willow’s scenario has additionally tremendously affected crossing guard Mr D’Arcy, 74, who had been serving to college students cross for six years.
He stated he has frequent flashbacks on the scene unfolding earlier than his eyes which ‘occurred on my watch’.
‘I must dwell with this for the remainder of my life,’ he stated.
Nicholson was ordered to serve at the least 18 months of a two-year-and-nine-month jail sentence earlier than being eligible for parole.
On the time of his sentencing, remnants of methamphetamine and amphetamines have been present in his system from smoking ice two days earlier than the crash.
Decide Dean stated Nicholson, who himself has a teen daughter, had a longstanding historical past of substance abuse. However he had been abstinent since his offending.
Nicholson, who was born within the UK and by no means grew to become an Australian citizen, might be deported when he’s launched.
He pleaded responsible to a few prices again in August – harmful driving inflicting severe damage, driving whereas suspended and a 3rd cost after illicit substances have been detected in his system.