A drink-driver has been jailed for causing a sickening head-on crash which left a two-year-old South Yorkshire boy paralysed for life.
Daniel Thrower, aged 34, left JJ Michalowski with horrifying injuries in a smash which happened just hours after the tot had walked upstairs for the first time.
JJ’s family, including his mum Katy and dad Igor, were at Leeds Crown Court yesterday, to see Thrower, of Shakespeare Avenue, Sprotbrough, Doncaster, jailed for the crime.
The court heard the toddler’s injuries were so severe he will never walk again, and he requires a ventilator to help him breathe while sleeping.
During the hearing, a victim impact statement written by JJ’s family was read out to the court.
It revealed they have not been able to give him a proper cuddle since the incident on March 8.
It read: “JJ should have been able to run around and have a normal happy childhood, but this has been cruelly taken away.
“He had only just walked upstairs. He may never be able to walk or appreciate what it was like.
“He’s still fighting but he’s not the same and will not be able to do what his sisters do.
“He’s been robbed of being a happy and healthy little boy.”
The court heard dad-of-two Thrower drank around four cans of beer before taking his girlfriend’s car from the house they shared, despite having no valid insurance and a revoked licence following a drink-drive incident six years ago.
While driving the wrong way down the A628 bypass in Hemsworth, West Yorkshire, he encountered Mr Michalowski, 30, who was behind the wheel of a Peugeot 407.
Thrower began to drive towards them, forcing Mr Michalowski to swerve to the side of the road.
Judge Geoffrey Marson QC jailed Thrower for three years after he admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving and aggravated vehicle taking.