Grandmother lucky to be alive after driver ploughs into her on day dad died

Grandmother lucky to be alive after driver ploughs into her on day dad died
 

A grandmother-of-three is lucky to be alive after being ploughed down by a dangerous driver on the same day her dad died.

Patricia Mellors was on the way to collect her dad’s belongings when Sigits Ceburs crashed into her while trying to evade police, Nottinghamshire Live reports.

The 64-year-old was struck in the car park of Red Oaks Care Home, Clipstone Road West, Mansfield, on July 12, 2019 and suffered serious head injuries, a broken pelvis, ankle ligament damage and a number of cuts and bruises.

She said: “I could have been dead. They could have been doing my father’s and my funeral at the same time.

“My father had passed away that morning and I went to clear dad’s room.

“I packed the car up and the next thing I heard police sirens and saw blue lights at the entrance and I turned round and this car was coming straight at me.

“The car hit me and threw me up in the air and he just drove off. He didn’t stop.

“The witnesses there were in shock.

“There were so many there who thought I was dead. I’m lucky I did move to the side a bit because otherwise I think he would have gone over me.”

a close up of a man in a blue shirt: Patricia Mellors with her dad, who died on July 12, 2019

© BPM Media Patricia Mellors with her dad, who died on July 12, 2019

Stunned passers-by thought she had been killed by the impact, Patricia revealed.

Patricia, of Forest Town, was taken to King’s Mill Hospital in Sutton-in-Ashfield for treatment and has since made a full recovery.

Ceburs, 38, had been spotted driving the silver Renault Espace with false registration plates.

Officers chased him on foot and caught him a short distance away after he crashed into a fence in the driveway of the care home and ran off.

Detective Constable Tim Baker, who led the investigation, said: “We are pleased Ms Mellors has made a full recovery.

“It was a horrific day for her, having just lost her father and then being involved in this serious collision and I’m glad Ceburs has now been brought to justice.

“This is yet another example of how Nottinghamshire Police officers are actively patrolling each and every day as part of their ongoing efforts to make the county’s roads safer for everyone.

“This case also shows how we will be there for the victims like Ms Mellors who sustained particularly nasty injuries due to the driver’s reckless actions – and that we will make every effort to bring those responsible for these offences to justice.”

Ceburs, of Recreation Street, Mansfield, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, fraudulent use of a registration mark and driving without insurance or a licence, at a previous hearing at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court.

He was sentenced to eight months in prison when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Wednesday.

He was also banned from driving for 16 months.

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