Junior doctor mowed down two women and two kids after ‘falling asleep’ at wheel
One young boy suffered a fractured skull and leg after a junior doctor crashed into him and three other people.
James Celaire, a recently qualified junior doctor, has been jailed for two years and four months after causing "catastrophic" injuries to two mothers and one other young boy who were on the school run when his car collided with them on December 9, 2020.
One of the women injured had to undergo a below-the-knee leg amputation while the other woman struck a nearby tree as she was "catapulted" into the air, as the other young boy suffered a leg fracture.
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Celaire, 25, was jailed on Wednesday (November 30) after he admitted four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
Bradford Crown Court heard the 25-year-old had been working night shifts at the Bradford Royal Infirmary.
Prosecutor Chloe Fairley said that Celaire told police officers that he finished a 12-hour shift when he was on his way home in the morning.
He said that he shouldn't have been driving as he felt tired as he confirmed that there were rooms free at the hospital.
Miss Fairley said the mum suffered limb-threatening injuries to her left leg, as well as multiple facial fractures and a broken shoulder.
She added: "Over the following days and indeed weeks she underwent multiple procedures to try to save that leg but unfortunately those efforts were not ultimately successful."
The woman has since undergone a below-the-knee amputation with the other woman injured having to deal with leg and shoulder injuries.
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Judge Jonathan Rose said that the maximum sentence for an offence of causing serious injury by dangerous driving was set by Parliament at five years.
Judge Rose spoke highly of Celaire, saying that he had been a man of impeccable character due to his professionalism as a junior doctor as well as references submitted on Celaire's behaviour.
The 25-year-old had gone as far as writing a letter apologising for his actions.
The judge added: "James Celaire notwithstanding your difficult and taxing 12-hour shift you decided to drive home rather than to take rest or sleep at the hospital where a facility for doing so was available."
The judge banned Celaire from driving for the next four years and two months as he willl have to pass an extended re-test before he's legally allowed to drive again.
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