A mum-of-two avoided jail after a judge ruled it would be "vindictive" to send her down for crashing her car - because the injuries she suffered have already cut ten years off her life.
Amy Williams, 26, was left with severe brain trauma when her Mercedes-Benz hit a tree in Hull on March 16, 2019, a court heard.
She had been out that evening and was driving a friend home when she clipped the central reservation at 70mph, reports Hull Live.
Williams, wearing flip flops, lost control of the high-powered sports car and it smashed into two parked vehicles before barrel-rolling and colliding with a tree.
The injuries sustained in the crash have now left Williams in a "child like state" and have cut seven to ten years from her life, Hull Crown Court was told.
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These "personal circumstances" prompted Judge Mark Bury to hand the driver a 16-month sentence suspended for two years, admitting a jail term would have been "vindictive" in this instance.
Williams was appearing to be sentenced for causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
Describing the crash, Andrew Petterson, prosecuting, said: "The passenger managed to get out of the vehicle and collapsed onto the floor.
"The defendant got out with no shoes on before she collapsed. At the drivers foot well there was a pair of flip flops.
"At the police station, the defendant complained of amnesia."
A test carried out after the crash found that Williams' blood alcohol level was at 90mg, ten milligrams over the drink-driving limit.
Williams’ passenger was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary where she spent ten days recovering from a spinal fracture and a ruptured bowel.
Mr Petterson revealed that the victim had made good progress since the accident and that there was no evidence of any long-term effects as a result of her injuries.
Williams herself was "doing well for herself" and her "life was on an upward curve" before the collision, the court heard.
In defence, barrister Rachel Scott said: "She had a good job as a transport planner.. She had a nice car, good friends, a child and partner.
“Since the collision, life has changed a lot.”
Williams suffered a fractured skull as a result of the crash and bleeding to her brain and was in hospital for three to four weeks, referring back to "a child like state".
The court heard she lost between seven and 10 years off her life, a doctors report said.
Ms Scott said: "Mrs Williams is currently living back with her mum who looks after the children most of the time. Her mum is effectively their full-time carer.
"Mrs Williams was interviewed by a doctor for 35 minutes and she was still in her pyjamas.
"The doctor noted her ability to engage in the test was limited due to her limited concentration and attention span.
"Her mum explained that this was typical of her daughter and that she always needs prompting otherwise her mind will wonder and she just sits and stares."
The doctor concluded that Williams was suffering from Dysexecutive Syndrome as well as Retrograde and Anterograde Amnesia.
This means she is unable to recall events before the crash, the accident itself, and struggles to retain new memories.
Ms Scott added: "The doctor told her a short story and asked her to recall it but she was unable to. In the doctor’s view, her cognitive abilities have deteriorated.
"She is a vulnerable individual and will not cope with prison. She carries around a great deal of guilt and responsibility for the injuries to the passenger.
"She is worried about the outside world and just curls up in a ball. She is too scared to leave the house.
"She has lost a lot of herself. If she had not been driving the way she was she would not have suffered these injuries.
"She has suffered for the last two years since this. She will continue to suffer for a long time.
"There is no doubt that this is a serious case of dangerous driving but I ask your honour to bear in mind the mitigating circumstances.
"I ask your honour if she has suffered enough.”
After listening to the psychological report, Judge Mark Bury admitted it would be “vindictive” to send Williams to prison.
He said: "I’m not going to send you to prison today. But, you need to listen carefully.
"You were showing off it seems to me. Without the injuries to yourself it would have been a prison sentence without difficulty at all.
"It would have been 16 months, but, your personal circumstances are such that it would be vindictive for me to send you to prison.
"If I had not read the psychological report you would have been going to prison."
Williams, of Hull, was given a 16-month sentence suspended for two years and will also be disqualified in that period.