A Northamptonshire family have released shocking dashcam footage of the moment a driver smashed his Land Rover into their car, leaving two young girls paralysed.
The legal representative for the family said the girls’ parents wanted people to see the reckless driving that had “devastating consequences for our two beautiful daughters” as a warning to others.
Roberts Raiba was driving his Vauxhall Signum, which contained his wife Renate and two daughters Katrina and Karlina, aged five and eight at the time, along the A509 near Wellingborough when Andrew Nay, driving his company Jaguar Land Rover, pulled across their path.
Dashcam footage from Mr Raiba’s car shows how he had no chance of avoiding the collision on October 3 last year that left his two daughters with life-changing injuries.
Mr Raiba also suffered severe injuries, including a fractured shoulder blade and nerve damage to his hand. His wife suffered a broken arm as well as nerve damage.
Northampton Crown Court heard Nay had been chasing a Mazda car from the A14 roundabout because he believed it had cut him up.
A three-day Newton Hearing heard evidence from a number of fellow motorists, including the female driver of the Mazda who said Nay was aggressively tailgating and “bullying” her as he followed her vehicle along the A509.
Matthew Rowcliffe, prosecuting, said the woman admitted putting her hand out the window and “sticking her middle finger up” at Nay as he was “less than a car length” away from her vehicle.
The court heard the woman overtook a Mercedes to put a car between the two vehicles but was not able to make much further progress up the road due to heavy traffic.
Fraser Hopes, the driver of the Mercedes, said Nay’s Land Rover then began to tailgate him and in his rear view mirror he could see two men “smiling” and “having a laugh” about something.
Mr Rowcliffe said it was the prosecution’s case that Nay and his partner, who was in the passenger in the car, found it amusing the vehicle they had been chasing had been forced into the overtaking manoeuvre.
A short distance later, the Mazda took a right hand turn towards Little Harrowden and Mr Hopes then slowed his Mercedes to do the same.
The camera footage shows Nay pulls out to the left of the Mercedes and then pulls a sharp right across the oncoming traffic in pursuit of the Mazda, causing the crash with Mr Raiba’s car.
Nay, of Harrier Close, Weldon, near Corby, pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving but denied the road rage part of the incident.
However, Judge Adrienne Lucking QC ruled against Nay’s version of events that the right-hand turn had been a “split-second” error of judgement and he “could not remember” anything untoward happening with the Mazda on the A509.
Judge Lucking said: “I have heard evidence from a series of witnesses travelling in the same direction as the Land Rover.
“In each case there evidence was given in measured terms, without exaggeration. By contrast I found the defendant’s evidence unconvincing and inconsistent.”
During the trial, the court heard Nay, aged 39, was an off-road Jaguar Land Rover driving instructor and had 21 years at the wheel.
Nay was remanded in custody and will be sentenced tomorrow (Friday). Judge Lucking said an immediate custodial sentence was likely.
Commenting after the court’s ruling, Mr and Mrs Raiba, originally from Latvia, said their lives had been “completely shattered” by Nay’s actions and that no sentence would be enough.
They said in a statement: “Andrew Nay’s reckless actions had devastating consequences for our two beautiful daughters.
“Katrina and Karlina were happy, active children and he has robbed them of that.
“We will never be able to forgive him.
“Every day they ask ‘when will we start feeling our legs again?’ They think it’s going to get better and it’s too hard to tell them.”
Representing the family, Richard Langton, a serious injury specialist from law firm Slater and Gordon, added: “This is one of the most heartbreaking cases I have ever had to deal with.
“Nay was an experienced driver, yet his complete disregard for other road users has left two innocent children paralysed from the waist down.
“Because of him Katrina and Karlina face a lifetime of profound disability.”