I Lost My Memory in Crash ..Now I'm Learning to Live Again; VICTIM'S HELL AS MANIAC DRIVER PLEADS GUILTY

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I Lost My Memory in Crash ..Now I'm Learning to Live Again; VICTIM'S HELL AS MANIAC DRIVER PLEADS GUILTY


Byline: By Janice Burns

A 21-YEAR-OLD girl told last night how a danger driver robbed her of her memory and ruined her life.

Kerry Clarke heard shop worker Daniel Rafferty plead guilty to causing the head-on crash that left her unable to recognise her own mum and dad.

After the hearing, the beauty therapist relived her nine-month struggle to get back her memory and learn to walk and talk again.

And she called on the courts to get tough with Rafferty, 38, when he is sentenced next month. She said: "I want him put away for life because he has destroyed mine.

"My life as I used to know it has been ruined. I had a great life before the accident and he has ruined that."

Kerry added: "The past nine months have been a nightmare for my parents and my boyfriend, because I didn't even know who they were at first.

"I remembered nothing but they had to sit by my bed and watch me, not knowing whether I would live or die.

"I've had to learn how to do everything all over again. I couldn't even remember how to apply my make-up, or what perfume I liked.

"I've had to be taught how to cook, shop and do everything most people take for granted.

"I had a great job which I loved and I was about to buy a house and settle down with my boyfriend. All that has b een put on hold."

Kerry, of Ardrossan, Ayrshire, was driving on the B777 Lugton to Beith road last April when Rafferty tried to overtake two cars on a blind summit and smashed into her.

The father-of-two crossed solid white lines to attempt the crazy manoeuvre. Sheriff Alistair Watson told him he used his car as a "deadly weapon" and played "Russian roulette" with Kerry's life.

Kerry's lungs collapsed on impact and she stopped breathing.

She would have died but a passing hospital doctor managed to resuscitate her.

Kerry was rushed to hospital with severe head injuries, crushed lungs and ribs, a torn eyelid, a cracked cheekbone and a broken ankle. She slipped into a coma and when she came round she couldn't recognise mum Linda, dad Ian or boyfriend Andrew McKay, 24.

Her loved ones stayed at her bedside around the clock, trying to revive her memory with family photos and stories of her past. …

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