July 29 2014 Latest news:
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A Norfolk man has offered his life savings to catch and convict the mystery driver whose actions led to the death of a mother and left him with memory loss in a crash on the A47.
Andrew Scottow does not remember the moment his and another family’s life was turned upside down.
The post-traumatic amnesia caused by swerving to avoid an erratic black car on the A47 means the 26 year old can only recall going to bed the night before the fatal Valentine’s Day crash.
Now he is offering the £10,000 he had saved for a house deposit to catch and convict the driver who caused the tragedy.
At around 10.30am on February 14 last year, a snaking car forced Mr Scottow, from Toftwood, to lose control of his red Skoda Felicia between Draytonhall Lane and the A1075, heading towards King’s Lynn.
It smashed head-on into a green Peugeot 406 travelling in the opposite direction, killing mother of three Kim Utting who was the passenger on her way for a shopping trip with her daughter Emma Herring.
Dog-lover Mrs Utting, 52, died at the scene, and her daughter, despite escaping with minor injuries, is still haunted by the memory of the crash.
Mr Scottow was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital with a brain haemorrhage, broken humerus and pelvis, ruptured diaphragm, a torn liver and intestine, and a collapsed lung.
The black Peugeot drove off and 15 months after numerous police appeals and trawling through CCTV, has still not been caught.
But Mr Scottow, who is cafe manager at Costa Coffee in Sprowston, is desperate for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the rogue driver.
“Someone has killed someone, and they wake up every day knowing they have got away with it, and they don’t care,” he said.
“I know someone knows, and I want to prick their conscience.”
A witness to the crash, a life-long lorry driver, told how in his 30-years on the road he had never seen anyone drive so fast and “crazy” as the black Peugeot was that day.
“I want to bring justice to Mrs Utting’s family and justice for me to know someone is paying the price for what they have done to me,” Mr Scottow added.
“By turning the driver in, you are helping another family because this person will do this again to someone else.”
At his Middlemarch Road home, near Dereham, and at work, Mr Scottow still struggles to recall information on a daily basis because of his short-term memory loss.
With no recollection of the crash, whiteboards have become a staple of his daily routine, using them to write down information to remember it the next day.
Mr Scottow still drives, often along the stretch of road where the tragedy unfolded, and said he was thankful he could not remember any details of the accident.
“I know it could have been a lot worse for me,” he said.
“I am very lucky, but it still has had an impact on me and it does feel like someone has got away with it, and that’s not fair.”
Anyone who witnessed the collision or the manner of driving of any of the vehicles involved should contact the Serious Collision Investigation Team on 101.