'Absolutely shocking': CPS condemns Worksop drink-driver who ploughed into pedestrians causing them catastrophic injuries

The Crown Prosecution Service has condemned the actions of a Worksop drink driver who smashed into pedestrians in Wakefield city centre, causing them catastrophic injuries.

Tuesday, 9th November 2021, 4:00 pm

The 25-year-old, of Tenby Grove, Worksop, collided with three people stood in front of a police van that was parked outside the Black Horse pub on Westgate, crushing them against the vehicle, in the early yours of July 11 this year.

A man and a woman lost a leg each, and both had to be resuscitated at the roadside, while a police officer was also badly injured.

Karolina Serafin, from Worksop, has been jailed.

Daniel Lee, from the Crown Prosecution Service said: “This was an absolutely shocking incident which has left three people with grave and life-altering injuries.

“Due to Serafin’s unbelievably reckless behaviour, the lives of three people will be forever changed.

“Serafin is now beginning her prison sentence. I hope this is of some comfort to the victims and their families.”

Serafin pleaded guilty to three counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving at an earlier hearing.

The scene of the crash in Westgate, Wakefield on Sunday July 11.

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Speaking after the hearing, PC Neil Clark of West Yorkshire Police’s Major Collision Enquiry Team said: “I welcome the sentence handed down by the court.

“This motorist’s dangerous actions while over double the drink drive limit took place on a busy weekend night in Wakefield city centre and has led to three innocent people suffering serious and life changing injuries.

"It will affect them for the rest of their lives.

“I hope that the sentencing will send a message to anyone who takes to our roads, and particularly so as we get closer to the festive period, that getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs has a serious impact on people’s lives – and for that there must be serious consequences.”