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Cylist left brain damaged after mum smashed into him while high on cocaine

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A mum-of-of four who was 16 times over the drug-drive limit when she almost killed a cyclist has been jailed.

Kelly Sumner, 35, snorted five or six bags of cocaine at a party the night before getting behind the wheel of her uninsured Nissan Micra just before 1pm.

She ploughed into IT consultant Stephen Derbyshire as he enjoyed a bike ride, flinging him 12 feet into the air and into a lamppost.

Kelly Sumner who admitted causing serious injury to cyclist Stephen Derbyshire through drug driving. Disclaimer: While Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd uses its' best endeavours to establish the copyright and authenticity of all pictures supplied, it accepts no liability for any damage, loss or legal action caused by the use of images supplied. The publication of images is solely at your discretion. For terms and conditions see http://www.cavendish-press.co.uk/pages/terms-and-conditions.aspx
Kelly Sumner, 35, snorted five or six bags of cocaine at a party the night before getting behind the wheel of her uninsured Nissan Micra and smashed into Stephen Derbyshire (Picture: Kelly Sumner/ Cavendish)

Mr Derbyshire, 58, was left with severe head injuries as well as a fractured spine and had to be airlifted to hospital on June 10 in Horwich, Greater Manchester.

Bolton Crown Court was told he only survived thanks to the quick-thinking actions of bystanders, who gave him CPR after he stopped breathing before emergency services arrived.

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He also suffered a cardiac arrest and slipped into a coma, and was only discharged from hospital five months later.

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A brain injury has left him needing round-the-clock care, with the grandfather unable the lead the independent life he once had.

The court was told the night before the crash, Sumner had been up until 3am drinking vodka and cider as well taking the Class A drug.

Kelly Sumner outside Bolton Crown Court, where she was jailed for causing serious injury through drug driving to cylist Stephen Derbyshire. Disclaimer: While Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd uses its' best endeavours to establish the copyright and authenticity of all pictures supplied, it accepts no liability for any damage, loss or legal action caused by the use of images supplied. The publication of images is solely at your discretion. For terms and conditions see http://www.cavendish-press.co.uk/pages/terms-and-conditions.aspx
She has now been jailed for three years and banned from driving for four years and six months (Picture: Cavendish Press)

Sumner, from Chorley, Lancashire, was arrested at the scene of the collision, and blood tests revealed she had 16 times the legal limit of Benzoylecgonine – a metabolite of cocaine – in her system.

Witnesses described how she went around a right hand bend but instead of following the curve of the road, she continued in a straight line into the opposite carriageway.

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Prosecuting, Duncan Wilcock said Sumner ‘took no evasive action’ and told a witness that she had fallen asleep at the wheel.

Mitigating, Jon Close, said Sumner had not driven since the collision and apologised to Mr Derbyshire’s family for what she has done.

He added that she suffers from PTSD, depression, nightmares and had planned to kill herself since the collision.

Kelly Sumner who admitted causing serious injury to cyclist Stephen Derbyshire through drug driving. Disclaimer: While Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd uses its' best endeavours to establish the copyright and authenticity of all pictures supplied, it accepts no liability for any damage, loss or legal action caused by the use of images supplied. The publication of images is solely at your discretion. For terms and conditions see http://www.cavendish-press.co.uk/pages/terms-and-conditions.aspx
Her victim has been left brain damaged and needs round-the-clock-care (Picture: Kelly Sumner/ Cavendish)

A moving statement outlining the impact of Mr Derbyshire’s injuries on his family, written by his wife, was read out in court by his daughter Leah.

She said: ‘On June 10 our lives were changed forever by a selfish, reckless act.

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‘I miss my husband immensely, but nobody misses his life more than Stephen does.’

Sumner pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, having no insurance and drug-driving.

She has now been jailed for three years and banned from driving for four years and six months.

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