A man has been banned from driving after a serious crash that left a woman with life-changing injuries and “crippled” her future plans.

Scott Hudson, of Whitton Croft Road in Bradford, pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by driving after a four-vehicle pile-up on the A350 at East Knoyle, on July 15, 2022.

The 57-year-old had been heading North on the busy route when he crashed into the back of another vehicle, that had been in front of him, shunting it into the path of a Volkswagen Transporter.

This caused the VW Transporter to collide with another vehicle, and the passenger, a woman from Dudley in her 60s, sustained serious injuries to her arm after it became trapped between her vehicle and the road surface.

After being airlifted to the hospital, she avoided amputation of the limb but was forced to undergo significant surgeries after the incident.

She provided a victim impact statement to the court in which she described the impact the incident has had on her and her future plans.

She said: “Having survived the confines of COVID, 2022 was to be our year of liberation and our brand new campervan was an integral part of our future plans

“The accident crushed all our hopes and dreams - we lost money spent on tickets for music festivals and pre-booked camping for the summer.

“The accident brought back even harder mental and physical restrictions than we had endured during COVID.

“The accident crippled our future plans, we have lost a year so far, healthy years that are incredibly precious in retirement.

“I will forever be reminded of the accident from the scars I now carry for the rest of my life.”

After appearing at Salisbury Magistrates Court on November 24, Hudson was an 18-month driving ban and an 18-month community order.

He must complete 300 hours of unpaid work and has also been ordered to pay £85 in court costs and a £114 victim surcharge.