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Jail for 4x4 driver who left sisters paralysed; Driving instructor's road rage chase.

Byline: ALEXANDER BRITTON Daily Post Correspondent welshnews@dailypost.co.uk

A FATHER has said a driving instructor who left two young girls paralysed when he smashed his company 4x4 into their family car during a roadrage chase "nearly destroyed his family".

Katrina Raiba, five, and her eight-year-old sister Karlina were left with spinal cord injuries when Andrew Nay caused the devastating crash on the A509 in Wellingborough on October 3 last year while chasing another car.

Northampton Crown Court heard that Nay, 39, who worked for Jaguar Land Rover, was tailgating and bullying another driver before pulling right at a junction and ploughing into the victims' Vauxhall Signum.

Nay admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving, but had denied he was in pursuit of another car in the run-up to the crash.

Judge Adrienne Lucking QC said Nay's account of the collision was "incredible and inconsistent" and jailed him for four and a half years. He was also disqualified from driving for four years after his release from prison.

Speaking after the sentencing, the girls' father, Roberts Raibais, said he felt Nay should have been banned from driving for life.

He said: "It's good he was given this sentence and will go to prison, but it won't change what's happened or help my daughters to walk again.

"I still don't think he realises the huge damage he has caused.

"I can't understand how a driving instructor could behave that way behind the wheel. It's not a game, this has nearly destroyed my family. There is no excuse."

Harrowing footage of the crash filmed from the family's Vauxhall was played to the court and later released by the family. It shows Nay, of Harrier Close, Weldon, Corby, pulling sharply right at speed with the passenger side of his Land Rover Discovery tilting down before the vehicles collided.

Judge Lucking QC said: "This was a prolonged, persistent and deliberate course of very bad driving.

"No sentence I can pass will ever feel like enough for this family."

Marcus Kraehling-Smith, mitigating for Nay, said his client's actions had "altered the lives of four innocent people" and that he was "truly remorseful".

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