THE wife of an electrician left with a life-changing brain injury in a crash has hit out at the drunken driver responsible.

Mandy Sammons's husband Peter, 45, was airlifted to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford after his van was hit head-on by a pickup truck near Chipping Norton on May 31.

The other vehicle was driven by Gary Jones, who had been drinking until 1am the night before and was significantly over the limit at the time of the early-morning incident.

Jones, 34, of Sturt Close in Charlbury, was slammed as 'selfish' by Ms Sammons after he pleaded guilty to drink-driving at a hearing at Oxford Magistrates' Court last month.

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The mum-of-two said: “You cannot put into words the impact that Gary Jones’ selfish actions have had on Peter and our family.

"He may be off the road for some time but his life will go back to normal. Ours never will.

“One moment of madness from someone who was over the drink-drive limit has had a lasting impact on our family.

"Nothing can explain how hard we find this situation, but anyone with young children will understand the impact this is having on all our lives.”

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Mr Sammons, from Banbury, was driving to work on Great Tew Road when his vehicle was struck by the truck, which had veered onto the wrong side of the road.

He sustained several serious injuries, including a nerve injury to his right arm, fractures to his ribs and left wrist and cuts to his head, arms and hands.

The self-employed electrician needed specialist input and neurosurgery in hospital for his extensive injuries and has been unable to work since the accident.

His family is now focusing on getting Mr Sammons early intervention treatment to help achieve the 'best possible outcome'.

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The hearing on August 23 heard Jones had a previous conviction for drink-driving. He was banned from driving for 42 months, fined £210 and ordered to pay a further £115 in costs.

Emma Jones, a senior associate solicitor at serious injury specialists CFG Law was one of the legal team supporting Peter and his family.

She said: “Gary Jones’ actions have had a serious impact on Peter and his family and serve as a stark warning to everyone about the danger of drink-driving and the devastating effect it can have on other road users.

"The fact he had a previous drink-driving conviction makes it even more distressing for the family.”

She added: “At the moment, this is a very difficult time for all the family and we’re doing all we can to pull together with them, helping Peter access the physical and emotional support he needs and the financial support the family currently require."