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He's arrogant. He doesn't care. But I'll have to forgive... ANGRY: Man left crippled by fatal crash caused by Lee Hughes responds to his apology.

Byline: By Alan Harris

A COVENTRY grandad crippled in a fatal car crash caused by disgraced footballer Lee Hughes has described his first public apology as "a load of baloney".

Albert Frisby, aged 63, labelled the former Sky Blues striker arrogant and ignorant after Hughes spoke of his shame for ploughing into Mr Frisby's car, killing one of his passengers.

At a press conference organised by his new League One club Oldham Athletic, Hughes, aged 31, said he could never forgive himself for the "dreadful mistakes and decisions that will live with me for the rest of my life".

He said he hated himself and aimed to do some community work to address his mistakes and try to stop another car tragedy happening.

But Mr Frisby, of The Cornfield, Stoke Aldermoor, said last night: "It's just a load of baloney to smooth the press over. He couldn't care. I think he's arrogant and ignorant.

"My life is ruined, I can't do the things I used to.

"It wouldn't have been as bad if he'd started in the lower leagues and worked his way up but he doesn't give a monkey."

A week ago the Telegraph exclusively revealed Hughes was being released as Mr Frisby still battled for compensation.

Hughes left prison after serving half a six-year sentence for causing death by dangerous driving driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

The former West Brom player's pounds 100,000 Mercedes ploughed into a car near Meriden, killing father-of-four Douglas Graham, a passenger in the other vehicle, in November 2003.

Mr Frisby, who was driving the other car, was left crippled by the crash and has still not received any compensation.

Mr Graham's wife Maureen, who was also in the car, died 13 months later.

Hughes fled the scene and handed himself into police 36 hours after the smash.

Mr Frisby, who relies on crutches to walk, has been left virtually housebound by the accident.

He said: "My garden used to be spotless but now it looks like a tip because I can't do it.

"It's bad enough living with the memories and the flashbacks. I still wake up sweating and I think I've wet the bed, but it's sweat.

"I feel sorry for the Grahams - they have got to live with the stigma of what Hughes has done.

"He's bound to get taunted at football matches.

"I agree that everybody should have a second chance but serving three years for a man's life and the damage he's done to the rest of us isn't long enough.

"He should give money to charity and do something constructive which would be a way to atone for what he's done.

"But I will have to forgive him, you can't keep holding a grudge."


I DON'T BELIEVE HIM... Albert Frisby still suffers nightmares about the terrible crash which left him crippled and killed one of his passengers.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Aug 29, 2007
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