Britain’s bravest mother who pushed pram carrying her baby to safety before she was mown down by maniac drunk driver reveals she’s learning to walk again after horrific hit-and-run left her with life-changing injuries
Britain’s ‘bravest mum’, who pushed her child’s pram to safety before being mowed down by a drinks driver and left for dead, has revealed she is learning to walk again.
Becky Sharp, 36, was crossing the road with daughter Lorena in her pushchair in the Redhill area of Bournemouth when scaffolder Dale Clark, 38, drove at 60km/h in a 50km/h zone in his Toyota RAV4 after a vodka shower.
The footage, previously published exclusively by MailOnline, shows the car swerving into the inside lane at the last minute as Ms Sharp crossed the road on April 11.
She pushes the stroller aside and baby Lorena escaped without injury, despite her stroller falling over as it rolled to the edge of the road. But the mother was in a coma for eight weeks.
Clark drove away, leaving Mrs. Sharp for dead. She suffered life-changing injuries, including brain trauma and multiple fractures, requiring the use of a wheelchair and long-term medical care.
The brave mum has now described having to walk again, saying: ‘I had to learn to walk with the nurses and staff here and they were amazing – all of them.’
Images show her taking steps with the help of medical staff.
She has undergone intensive rehabilitation in a neurology unit at Poole Hospital, where she has undergone speech therapy and is learning to walk again with the help of physiotherapists.
Becky Sharp, 36, is learning to walk again with the help of nurses
She has undergone intensive rehabilitation in a neurology unit at Poole Hospital
She suffered life-changing injuries, including brain trauma and multiple fractures
Becky Sharp (center) pictured holding her daughter Lorena before the collision. She is sitting in a park with her daughters Matilda (left) and Finnula (right)
Dale Clark was jailed for three and a half years at Bournemouth Crown Court
Lorena (center) poses for a photo with her sisters Matilda (left) Lorena and Finnula (right). She miraculously escaped injury
Becky Sharp, 36, has persistent cognitive problems after the crash
But speaking of Clark, she told it BBC: “I think he should have gotten a lot more (imprisonment) than he did,” Ms. Sharp said.
‘I have a brain injury for life, so he should actually have got a life sentence.’
Clark had been drinking that day and had “girls and drugs on his mind,” according to prosecutors, as he made his way down the road, using his phone as a navigation device on his lap after interacting with drug dealers earlier in the day.
Footage shows Clark realizing what he has done, the brake lights of his Toyota lighting up and the entire car lurching forward, but by then it is too late.
Lorena’s buggy is seen rolling between some trees towards the side of the road, as Mrs Sharp is thrown through the air ‘like a rag doll’ by the force of the impact.
The impact threw her across the length of a cricket field. But barely a second passes before the monstrous Clark takes off again at high speed, leaving her for dead.
A witness memorized his license plate number and it didn’t take long for police to track him down. He had also googled ‘hit and run Bournemouth’ in the hours after the crash.
Clark gave a reading of 46mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath – more than the 35mg limit – and told police that in the two days before the incident he had drunk vodka and taken £210 worth of cocaine after arguing with his grandparents, with whom he lived. .
The mother said Clark should have received much more prison time than he did because he left her with a lifelong brain injury
Becky Sharp (circled, in front of Dale Clark’s car) was crossing the road when Clark dived across the road at the last minute in his Toyota RAV4
Becky imagined herself holding a glass of champagne at the Hotel Miramar in Bournemouth on her wedding day
Mrs Sharp, pictured at Bournemouth Crown Court for Clark’s sentencing. She said he refused to look at her during the hearing
In his police interview he admitted to ‘wiping her out’, saying he ‘panicked, fucked myself and ran’.
Clark, from New Milton, Hampshire, was jailed for three and a half years at Bournemouth Crown Court after admitting causing serious injury by dangerous driving, failing to stop at an accident and drink driving.
Addressing the scaffolder, Judge William Mousley said: ‘You clearly weren’t looking where you were going and you punched Rebecca Sharp.
‘Very fortunately and miraculously she had pushed the pram in front of her so that you did not collide with her youngest child.
‘The general picture is that her life has been seriously changed forever. The impact on her and her family has been enormous.”