A Porsche salesman from West Lindsey who plouged his car into two teenage girls leaving them with life changing injuries after being sacked from his high-powered job has been jailed for 15 months.
Adam Hill, 35, was driving on the wrong side of the road in his £32,000 Audi A6 on a trip back from Lincoln when he smashed into a Ford Fiesta carrying pals Beth Tyson and Kate Hunter.
The friends, who were 18 at the time and both worked at a vets surgery, had just pulled onto the A46 near Market Rasen when the Fiesta driven by Miss Tyson was hit.
Miss Hunter, now 20, suffered life changing injuries and had to abandon her dream of competing in the Paralympics following the crash, while Miss Tyson now walks with a stick and needs a wheelchair for all but short journeys.
Hill, of Grimsby Road, Caistor, was last month found guilty of two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving after a week-long trial at Lincoln Crown Court.
The sales manager, who had just got engaged, had stopped twice to use his phone on his way back from a trip to Lincoln.
The court heard Hill was “distracted” and “stressed” after losing his position at a Sheffield Porsche dealership following an allegation of theft, and had sent a text message asking a friend for a job.
As he was taken from court to the cells to begin his sentence Hill mouthed “I’m sorry” to his two victims who were in court to watch.
Horse rider Miss Hunter, of Tealby, had learned to walk and talk again after a 2009 riding accident, had competed for Great Britain and had dreams of qualifying for the Rio Paralympics next year.
In her statement Miss Tyson said she was still walking with a stick, needed a wheelchair for longer distances and was waiting for her seventh operation since the crash.
Both of the victims, who were just 18 at the time, had previously described how their lives had been forever changed forever. Miss Tyson, also from Tealby, spent 35 hours in surgery and needs a wheelchair or custom-made insoles for any walking.
The 20-year-old has had to undergo therapy and counselling in order to get behind the wheel of a car again.
Hill was jailed for 15 months, disqualified from driving for three years and must take an extended re-test.