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Rainham man jailed for serious motorbike crash

A man from Rainham has been jailed for three years after he caused a crash which left a woman needing to have her leg amputated.

Billy Boom, 24, of New Zealand Way, was doing a wheelie when he hit another motorbike during an illegal street race in The Manorway, Corringham, in June 2017.

A woman in her 20s was left his serious, life-changing injuries.

As well as having her left leg amputated above the knee, she had a compound fracture of her left hand and wrist, a collapsed lung, broken bones in her lower back, and a bleed on the brain.

In court, the victim said the incident had changed her life forever.

Immediately after the crash, Boom’s friends helped him get away from the scene and removed his bike too.

Boom then fled the country to Spain and was arrested when he returned a month later.

He pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of a collision, failing to report a collision, driving with no insurance, and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

The 24-year-old was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment.

Four other men, Michael Holmes, 27, of Penrith Road, Harold Park, Daniel Trott, 26, of Lambs Lane South, Rainham, Sonny Waites, 19, of Upminster Road North, Rainham, and Nicholas Morris, 23, of Canvey Island, were all charged with assisting an offender.

They all initially denied the charge but admitted the charges on the first day of their trial.

All four were sentenced to eight months, each suspended for 18 months, and ordered to complete 120 hours unpaid community service work. 

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Senior investigating officer Sergeant Peter Swan, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Billy Boom’s actions has left a young woman with injuries which will affect her for the rest of her life.

“His riding was reckless and the fact he then fled the scene was cowardly.

“Morris, Holmes, Trott, and Waites’ actions were calculated and showed they cared more about covering up the incident than the welfare of the victim which is completely reprehensible.

“All five have at least admitted their guilt meaning the victim has not had to re-live her ordeal through a trial.

“This incident highlights the dangers of illegal cruising and street racing events. They are dangerous and can have devastating consequences.

“It is not worth the risk of attending or participating in these kinds of events and just because you’re watching rather than taking part, it doesn’t mean you’re not in harms way.

“I want to praise the victim’s bravery throughout this process and hope these convictions will provide her with some solace.”

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