Hike sentence

Paramedic who hit car near Wallingford receives suspended sentence

A paramedic crashed into a car driven by an avid sportsman on his way to underwater hockey.

But Danny Moss was spared immediate jail time after the judge heard the 44-year-old had been victimized by another dangerous driver six months after the January 2020 crash.

That accident in July 2020 – caused by the brother of England football striker manager Allan Russell – left Moss with injuries so devastating that paramedics had to perform CPR en route to hospital. He survived but needs continued medical attention.

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Oxford Crown Court heard on Monday that Moss was driving a private ION-owned ambulance when he was overtaken by a car on the A4310 Nosworthy Way near Wallingford on January 23, 2020.

Prosecutor Rebecca Foulkes said: ‘A possible interpretation is that the defendant was angered by this maneuver.

The car in front started to brake. But Moss increased his speed, with a dash cam in the ambulance showing he went from 54mph to 66mph on the 60mph limit road.

Moss crossed into a right-turn lane, later saying he thought the road had turned into a two-lane, and saw a traffic island in the middle of the road too late.

He swerved into the path of an oncoming Nissan driven by management consultant and father of four Paul Wilson, who was on his way to an ‘underwater hockey’ session in a swimming pool.

The frontal impact severely damaged both vehicles. Mr Wilson was trapped in his car for 30 minutes before he could be freed. Moss called 999, telling the operator it was an “error in judgement” that caused the crash.

Mr Wilson suffered an open leg fracture among other injuries. The devastating accident left the keen athlete, who coached youth football, ran ultra-marathons and had recently taken up underwater hockey, first bedridden and then unable to walk without crutches. A successful management consultant, he was away from work for months.

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He was called “stoic” by the judge. In his final personal victim statement written on the second anniversary of the crash, he said his injuries were ‘longer than I had dreamed’ but he was ‘excited for the future “.

Danny Moss outside Oxford Crown Court Photo: OM

By way of mitigation, Moss was said to be genuinely remorseful. A director of ION, the ambulance company he had worked for since 2016, provided a character reference in support of his former employee.

Sentencing him to 18 months in prison, suspended for two years, Judge Maria Lamb said: “The question then becomes whether or not this sentence should be served immediately.

“Without a doubt [those] who have been victims of these kinds of offenses would be disappointed to hear the course of action that I am going to follow, which is to say that this is going to be a sentence that I can stay.

He was banned from driving for three years and must pass an extended new test. He was ordered to pay £1,000 compensation.

Moss, formerly of Lincoln Gardens, Didcot, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

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