A man left his partner without a left foot after she told him she was leaving him for another man.
David Croxton, 34, claimed that Tanya Buckley, 27, from Widnes, near Liverpool, was ‘the love of his life’ but he left her with life-changing injuries after crashing into a moving car and throwing her from the back of his bike in 2019.
The accident happened when Croxton was taking Tanya to his flat to talk about their relationship after she told him it was over and that she was now seeing someone new.
Tanya had to have her foot amputated after the crash and says she is no longer the person she was. She has to rely on a wheelchair.
Croxton was found guilty in June of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and was jailed for two years at Liverpool Crown Court.
Tanya has opened up about their relationship, claiming Croxton was mentally abusive and controlling.
Tanya Buckley, 27, from Liverpool, has revealed how her foot was amputated after she was thrown off her controlling ex-boyfriend's motorbike during a crash in 2019
The crash victim, left, said she met David, right, when she was 19 and didn't realise right away he was controlling and verbally abusive. In 2019, she suspected he'd cheated on her and decided to move out. The day before the crash, she told him she was seeing someone new
Tanya said: 'David was controlling towards me. He was very demanding and for most of the relationship, I was wary of him.
'He wanted sex twice a day and it was too much for me, but at the same time, I didn’t want to cross him.
'I know I shouldn’t have got on his bike; I did it in a moment of madness, because I was in a panic and trying to calm him down. I will live with that for the rest of my life.
'It was a year before I could even bear to look at my foot. I still really struggle with my self-esteem and my confidence.'
Tanya has spent one year in a wheelchair following the accident, and said she couldn't bring herself to look at her left leg, pictured
Tanya met Croxton six years ago, at a party at her dad’s house and they quickly became an item.
'David offered me security and stability. He had his own place, I moved in, and it was everything I’d always wanted. David worked in a warehouse, he earned all the money, and he said he wanted to look after me,' she said.
'At the time I thought he was being gentlemanly. I was only 19 when we met, he was seven years older, and I’d come from a difficult background. So I put all my trust in him.'
But as time went on, Croxton became controlling and manipulative.
David Croxton, 34, pictured, was sentenced to two years in jail for cuasing serious injury by dangerous driving at Liverpool Crown Court
'He controlled all the money. He wanted the house kept clean and his meals cooked, and he wanted sex twice a day,' Tanya said.
'If I didn’t do as he wanted, he would lose his temper and then I wouldn’t get any money,' she added.
'I had a difficult relationship with my family, but David made it much worse. He told me nobody cared about me, except him. He made me think that he was all I had.
'He wasn’t violent, but he was verbally very cruel.'
Early in 2019, Tanya suspected David had been unfaithful to her and she moved out. She began seeing a new partner.
'I told David that it was over, but he didn’t believe me,' she said.
'At 6am the following morning he turned up outside my new boyfriend’s home on his motorbike and demanded an explanation. He was making a scene and he wanted me to go back to his flat so we could talk.
'I could see he wasn’t going to go away and so I agreed to go with him, just to calm him down. I got on the bike without a helmet which was such a stupid thing to do. I just wasn’t thinking straight. I was in such a panic.'
Croxton drove off at speed, overtaking a long line of stationary traffic before crashing into a turning Peugeot car. Tanya was flung from the motorbike and was badly injured as she landed on a metal bollard. She was airlifted to hospital.
Her left foot had to be amputated and her right knee and arm were badly damaged. She had several broken bones and ligament damage and was in hospital for a month.
She said: 'I was knocked unconscious after the crash. I woke up in the helicopter, and I was bleeding very heavily. After the amputation, I couldn’t bear to look at myself. I shut myself off from everyone.
'David contacted me, saying he wished it was him, not me, without a leg. He told me the crash wasn’t his fault and that it was the other driver. For a short time, I believed him, and we were briefly together,' she added.
Pictured: Tanya's leg while she recovered from the crash. She admitted Croxton lied to her and told her the crash had been caused by the other driver, which led her to get back together with him for a period of time, before calling it quits for good
'But when my family explained what had happened, I realised David was lying to me – yet again. I came to my senses but of course it was too late in many ways. The damage is done.'
For a year after the accident, Tanya was in a wheelchair.
She says: 'I couldn’t bear to look at my foot. I didn’t want anyone to see it. It was horrific. Even now I don’t like looking at it. I had further surgery last year and I’ll need more in the future.'
In June 2021, David Croxton denied causing serious injury by dangerous driving, blaming the Peugeot driver, but was found guilty by a jury at Liverpool Crown Court. He was jailed for two years.
During the hearing, the court heard Croxton has a previous conviction for dangerous driving from 2004, in which he fractured his pelvis and his collarbone.
Natalia Cornwall, who was defending him, said he had also suffered 'serious injuries' in the motorbike crash after losing part of his tibia, but she added these were 'not comparable' to Ms Buckley's.
She added that Croxton: 'still maintains she is the love of his life.'
According to Ms Cornwall, Croxton was remorseful and 'held himself fully responsible' however, this was disputed by Judge Robert Trevor-Jones.
The judge said the 'way in which he gave evidence' during the trial 'indicated the contrary'.
Ms Cornwall said Croxton didn't have the 'social skills' to 'express himself in the right way.
She said Croxton had suffered a 'difficult childhood' and had been diagnosed with PTSD since the crash.
During the sentencing, Judge Trevor-Jones said during the trial Croxton 'maintained throughout it really was the fault of the Peugeot driver which caused the collision.'
Croxton interrupted the judge to say 'I will have to live with it forever, your honour,' with the judge replying 'that is the case, inescapably so.'
Tanya, pictured now, said she regrets getting on Croxton's bike. She said she only did it to appease him, after he came unannounced at her new boyfriend's apartment
He contended that Croxton was in a hurry to get back to his flat to discuss his relationship with Tanya.
The judge said Croxton showed a 'blatant disregard to the considerable danger you placed her in', and added he was responsible for her not riding as a pillion passenger on the motorbike.
He added Tanya had clearly suffered life-changing injuries.
Tanya said: 'I felt the sentencing was a joke. David lied in court and said we were back together, which is just not true. I never want to see him again.
'I’m single now and I plan to stay that way.'