Range Rover driver nearly killed bride-to-be while drunk on Bacardi and Coke

Range Rover driver nearly killed bride-to-be while drunk on Bacardi and Coke

McVicar told an officer at the scene: “I was drinking, I did something wrong, I’m sorry” (Image: MEN Media)

A drunk woman crashed into a cyclist, leaving her badly injured before continuing to hit a parked car and overturning her Range Rover.

Janice McVicar, 57, stopped briefly in the middle of the road and tried to move a deployed airbag that was stuck under her windshield before driving away.

She then crashed into a parked car and rolled her white Evoque onto its side.

McVicar, from Eccles, met Jade Edmonds while driving on Moorside Road in Swinton, Greater Manchester.

Mrs Edmonds had taken up cycling to get fit for her wedding.

She had brain damage and partial vision loss in one eye and required extensive surgery.

McVicar was previously found unfit to stand trial on medical grounds at a previous hearing and was absent during the proceedings.

This means that in this case, rather than face a criminal trial, the jury was simply asked to determine whether or not she committed the crimes she was accused of.

They found out yesterday that she had committed these acts.

The Range Rover driver nearly killed the bride-to-be while drunk on Bacardi and Coke GV on Moorside Road in Swinton

The incident happened on June 7, 2020 on Moorside Road in Swinton (Image: Emily Manley)

McVicar’s GP concluded that she fell under the Disability Act and was therefore granted an outright discharge from court with no jail time.

Instead, her driver’s license will be sent to the State Department to decide whether to have her qualification revoked.

In a “review of facts,” the jury had previously heard that the incident had occurred on June 7, 2020 at approximately 6:15 p.m. on 30 p.m. Street.

The cyclist was caught at the top of the road on a sharp bend. Ms Edmonds does not remember the incident, the jury was told.

Ms Edmonds’ exercise app had recorded her cycling route during the day, and she later told jurors that she only ever cycled on the pavement.

A witness crossed the street to distance himself from her just before hearing a “bang.”

He turned and saw a white Range Rover with a dented bumper and deployed airbags.

The witness then noted that Ms Edmonds was lying on the pavement before the car drove off “immediately”.

Another passerby was across the street when he saw the Range Rover “awfully close to the pavement”.

He said it then “drifted across the street” and pulled his wife out of the way.

As the car drew closer, he noticed the airbags deployed before briefly stopping in the middle of the street.

McVicar was seen attempting to move the airbags out of the way of the windshield before the man’s wife told her to reverse into a nearby driveway, however McVicar continued, going onto the wrong side of the road before coming along collided with a parked car and rolled her Range Rover on its side.

A jury has found a woman driving a Range Rover collided with a cyclist after drinking Bacardi and Coke. Janice McVicar, 57, briefly stopped in the middle of the road after the impact and tried to move a deployed airbag that was stuck under the windshield before driving away. McVicar, of Grange Drive, Eccles, then drove down Moorside Road in Swinton before crashing into a parked car and rolling her white Range Rover Evoque on its side. Caption: Salford's Janice McVicar leaves Manchester Crown Court

McVicar, 57, briefly stopped in the middle of the road after the impact (Picture: Men Media)

Ms Edmonds sustained a number of injuries including frontal brain damage.

She had to have her entire face rebuilt during a nine-hour craniotomy surgery, leaving an “ear-to-ear” scar.

She also suffered from a broken femur, a broken wrist, damage to one of her kidneys, and only had 10 percent vision in her right eye.

Emergency services were present and McVicar told a police officer, “I know I shouldn’t have been driving. I had a drink, I did something wrong, I’m sorry.’

She was found to have 168 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood, while the legal limit is 80 milligrams, the court heard.

McVicar went on to make a number of comments including: “I didn’t think I was over the limit. I hate cyclists, I can’t stand them. Some of them are stupid, aren’t they? I sign everything, I admit I did it, I just want to go home.”

In a police interview the next day, she said she was with a small group of friends in her daughter’s garden, where she was drinking Bacardi and Coke, and recalled cornering “close to the curb.” She also told police that she did not see the cyclist.

As evidence on the witness stand, the cyclist said she “prepared for her wedding” by riding her bike every day, adding that she’s always ridden on the sidewalk since she was a child.

She confirmed that she remembered nothing of the incident and said the next thing she remembered was waking up in the hospital. She added that her vision “won’t come back” the way it was before because it was “too badly damaged.”

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