Doncaster hit and run victim’s call for justice

Hit and run victim Danielle Stoton, 18, and family held a thank you afternoon at Castle Park in Doncaster for people who have fundraised and supported the family during her recovery. Danielle his pictured with her mum Michelle.
Hit and run victim Danielle Stoton, 18, and family held a thank you afternoon at Castle Park in Doncaster for people who have fundraised and supported the family during her recovery. Danielle his pictured with her mum Michelle.

A teenager left for dead by a motorist has demanded ‘justice’ be served on the woman who nearly killed her.

The family of Danielle Stoton, who is undergoing intensive rehabilitation after suffering brain injuries, has said that the 18-year-old is determined to make it to court to come face to face with the driver who knocked her down.

It comes after Sarah Livesey admitted her guilt over the hit and run which left Danielle, of Armthorpe, fighting for her life.

Livesey, aged 26, pleaded guilty to causing injury by dangerous driving, dangerous driving, failing to stop after an accident and failing to report an accident when she appeared at Sheffield Crown Court this week.

The case was adjourned for sentencing.

Michelle, says her daughter plans to be in court when Livesey is sentenced.

She said: “Danielle has said if she could ask one question to her it would be ‘why didn’t you stop, why didn’t you phone an ambulance?’”

“When she gets frustrated and she can’t do the things she wants to do, Danielle says ‘why isn’t she here, why isn’t she having to go through this?’.

“Danielle really wants to be there when she’s sentenced. She wanted to come for the plea hearing, but I told her there’s no point because it would be adjourned and it would be better for her to concentrate on her rehab and come in time to see her be sentenced. We want to see justice be done, and then to move on.

“Although we now don’t need to suffer a trial there are no winners here.”

Danielle was walking home from a party when she was mowed down by a Vauxhall Corsa being driven by Livesey in Hatfield Lane, Armthorpe, in August.

After three months in hospital Danielle is now a resident at the Magnolia Neurorehabilitation Unit in Tickhill where her family hope she will learn to walk and talk again. Danielle, who is allowed home for brief visits to Michelle, her dad Paul, 46, and sister Yasmine, 21, is expected to be in the unit for the next six months and medics say it could be another 18 months before the full extent of her injuries can be assessed.

Michelle, 41, added: “Danielle can’t remember the two weeks running up to the accident, and has only begun to remember things again over the last six weeks.

“Danielle will never get that time back again now, that’s been taken away from her.

“She wants to be able to go clubbing with her friends, and to go driving with her dad.

“It’s very difficult to explain to her that she can’t, because in her mind she can do it.”

Danielle, a former pupil at Armthorpe and Danum schools, had lost six stone and hoped to begin a sport science course last September 2014 in a bid to become a personal trainer with the RAF.

Michelle said: “She’s desperate to get back to the gym, as it was a big part of her life, but we’re sorting it out so she can go to The Dome once a week.

“At this point we don’t know when she will be able to come home for good.

“Whereas before she was making big steps forward very quickly, she’s now making smaller steps and it’s frustrating for her.

“Our lives have changed as has Danielle but we will come out of this stronger and better than ever.”

Livesey, of Pontefract, West Yorkshire, is due to be sentenced in the spring.