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Willow Griffiths Biography
Willow Griffiths had just finished school around 3.15pm. on February 6, 2020 and was waiting for the go-ahead to safely cross the road outside Nazareth College in Noble Park in Melbourne’s southeastern suburbs.
When she received the signal from the crossing guard, the then 17-year-old and some of her friends took a few steps before she was thrown 13 meters into the air after she was hit by a truck.
The drugged driver who also had a suspended license at the time, Chas Nicholson, had gone through two red lights when he struck Willow.
The crossing guard had managed to push the others off the road, but Willow was not so lucky.
The now 18-year-old has been in the hospital since the terrifying incident 10 months ago and suffered a broken back and permanent brain damage.
(Willow) has suffered injury, loss and damage.
a result of the incident (that) was caused by the negligence of the defendant, ”read a brief filed in the Supreme Court.
Despite all her injuries and suffering, Willow filed a victim impact statement that will be displayed in Victoria County Court.
“My name is Willow Griffiths,” he said slowly with a pause between each word.
‘I am 18 years old. The accident happened in February and I have been in the hospital ever since.
She spoke of missing her last year of school, her 18th birthday, and said goodbye to her grandfather, who passed away while she was still in the hospital.
His heartbroken mother Sylvia Griffiths
when he explained how the horrible incident had “shattered my family.”
He explained that even though his daughter is still alive, it was also that “so much was taken from her.”
“Every time I look at her, I see that she is not able to do a simple task … knowing that there is nothing I can do to fix or improve it,” Ms. Griffiths said.
She described the waiting process as ‘excruciating’ when she waited to see if her daughter would survive the ordeal that changed her life.
Willow’s situation has also greatly affected crossing guard Mr D’Arcy
who had been helping students cross for six years.
She said she has frequent flashbacks of the scene unfolding before her eyes and that ‘it happened on my watch’.
“I will have to live with this for the rest of my life,” he said.
Nicholson was ordered to serve at least 18 months of a two-year and nine-month prison sentence before he was eligible for parole.
At the time of his sentencing, traces of methamphetamine and amphetamines were found in his smoking ice system two days before the accident.
Judge Dean said that Nicholson, who has a teenage daughter, had a long-standing history of substance abuse. But she had abstained since she committed the crime.
Nicholson, who was born in the UK and never became an Australian citizen, could be deported when he is released.
He pleaded guilty to three counts in August: dangerous driving causing serious injury, suspended driving, and a third count after illicit substances were detected in his system.