Cwmbran dad will 'never forgive' pal who left him at horror crash

WRECKED CAR: Jesse Farthing was jailed after he admitted dangerous driving

BADLY HURT: Chris Williams

FLED SCENE: Jesse Farthing

FIRST AID: Nathan Morgan and his sister Cerys helped Christopher Williams at the crash scene

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A FATHER of three says he will never forgive his former best friend after he left him seriously injured in the wreckage of his car, fleeing the scene.

Christopher Williams, 27, says he still suffers from night terrors and has short term memory loss caused by brain damage after the crash on Cwmbran Drive.

On April 11 last year, Jesse Farthing, 28, was driving a Subaru Impreza along the road, when he lost control, crashing near a roundabout.

Mr Williams, a passenger in the back seat of the car, was seriously injured and unconscious, but Farthing fled from the scene.

At Newport Crown Court, Farthing, of Park Close, Henllys, was jailed for three years and six months and banned from driving for six years after pleading guilty to dangerous driving.

After the hearing, Mr Williams, from St Dials, Cwmbran, said: “I can’t believe that he left me as he didn’t know if I was dead.

“I can’t forgive him for what he did to me and for what he put my family through.

“My words do not come out as I want them too, which is frustrating, and just thinking leaves me exhausted. Previously I worked in a factory but I can’t see me working again – my life’s messed up.”

Mr Williams said his friend of six years, Farthing, had picked him up from another friend’s house and he was sitting behind the passenger seat.

He said: “I was texting on my phone when I felt the car veer. I looked up and saw the side of the road coming towards us and I thought I was dead.”

The crash knocked him unconscious, and he woke up in the Royal Gwent Hospital three days later.

Police estimate that the car was travelling between 60 - 70mph in a 30mph area when the crash happened at 8.11pm.

Watching the crash unfold were siblings, Cerys and Nathan Morgan, from Sebastopol.

Miss Morgan, 18, said she was driving along the road, when Farthing’s car sped past her, and they watched as the car lost control.

Mr Morgan, 22, said: “It was like watching a movie. Cerys parked up and I just ran over.

“I used to be a cadet when I was younger, so I think that just kicked in.”

He said Farthing had climbed out of the car before fleeing the scene. Mr Morgan climbed into the back of the car and tried to get a response from Mr Williams, whose face was covered in blood, while Miss Morgan called for an ambulance.

The fire service had to cut the roof off the car so that Mr Williams could be removed.

Mr Williams lost 11 teeth, suffered a triple jaw fracture, which he underwent an operation to correct and fractured his skull.

His right eye now has poor vision and his right ear has severe hearing loss.

His mum Carol described his recovery as slow, and when he left hospital after 15 days, he couldn’t even recall his own children’s names.

She said: “It’s frustrating to watch him struggling now, but he is here and that is the main thing.”

Mr Williams said that he can’t thank the Morgans enough for saving his life.

Also speaking after the case, Detective Inspector Alun Davies said: ‘This was a particularly difficult case to bring to court, dealing with an offender who showed no remorse.

“The sentence hopefully will give some comfort to the family.”

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1:53pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Dai Rear says...

I'm much older than poor Mr Williams but I think a good rule is never to take a lift in a car with a noisy exhaust, be it an Impreza or a Ferrari. They tend to be in the hands of males who (wrongly) believe them to be an extension of their tiny, wizened male organ of generation.
I'm much older than poor Mr Williams but I think a good rule is never to take a lift in a car with a noisy exhaust, be it an Impreza or a Ferrari. They tend to be in the hands of males who (wrongly) believe them to be an extension of their tiny, wizened male organ of generation. Dai Rear
  • Score: 44

3:01pm Fri 21 Mar 14

davidcp says...

Dai Rear wrote:
I'm much older than poor Mr Williams but I think a good rule is never to take a lift in a car with a noisy exhaust, be it an Impreza or a Ferrari. They tend to be in the hands of males who (wrongly) believe them to be an extension of their tiny, wizened male organ of generation.
Or not.
(But sometimes, certainly!)
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: I'm much older than poor Mr Williams but I think a good rule is never to take a lift in a car with a noisy exhaust, be it an Impreza or a Ferrari. They tend to be in the hands of males who (wrongly) believe them to be an extension of their tiny, wizened male organ of generation.[/p][/quote]Or not. (But sometimes, certainly!) davidcp
  • Score: -3

4:51pm Fri 21 Mar 14

john the jag says...

Can one assume that Mr Williams did not have a seat belt on? If not I think anybody who reads this will think twice about not putting on a seat belt. Okay the fine is now £100 but the effects of a crash like this will last a lot longer than the the fact you have £100 less to spend this month.
Can one assume that Mr Williams did not have a seat belt on? If not I think anybody who reads this will think twice about not putting on a seat belt. Okay the fine is now £100 but the effects of a crash like this will last a lot longer than the the fact you have £100 less to spend this month. john the jag
  • Score: 22

9:37pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Thor at the door says...

Just a pair of bad boy racers who came a cropper. Hundreds of these idiots terrorising law abiding road users, revving their engines, speeding, and cutting people up. Police should ban these cars and types like them, what's the point in them?
Just a pair of bad boy racers who came a cropper. Hundreds of these idiots terrorising law abiding road users, revving their engines, speeding, and cutting people up. Police should ban these cars and types like them, what's the point in them? Thor at the door
  • Score: 6

11:41pm Fri 21 Mar 14

cymruamblyth says...

My thoughts when I read this was Natural selection has been weeding out stupid for the last 50.000 years. It needs to pick up its game.. Still waiting for one of Farthings friends to post telling us what a good and loyal friend Farthing is..

The real hero's of this story are Mr and Miss Morgan.. I have no sympathy for the Boy Racer or his friend!
My thoughts when I read this was Natural selection has been weeding out stupid for the last 50.000 years. It needs to pick up its game.. Still waiting for one of Farthings friends to post telling us what a good and loyal friend Farthing is.. The real hero's of this story are Mr and Miss Morgan.. I have no sympathy for the Boy Racer or his friend! cymruamblyth
  • Score: 16

2:29am Sat 22 Mar 14

grumpyandopinionated says...

I don't feel any sympathy for Mr Williams either, you can only assume that this was not the first time he had a lift and not the first time the driver drove like an idiot. So why get in the car. If this was the first time he did have a lift however why the hell let the driver drive like a nut, I'd have done my nuts with some guy risking my life like a loon. Maybe thats just me but I've never allowed anyone to drive fast with me in the car, has caused a few rows but atleast I've never been in an accident with someone else driving, have had a few scrapes myself though but these have been minnor accidents and puerly my own fault.

So I hope this is a lesson to every body, you've got your own mind and a hole in your head to express your desire not to end up in an accident through the drivers stupidity
I don't feel any sympathy for Mr Williams either, you can only assume that this was not the first time he had a lift and not the first time the driver drove like an idiot. So why get in the car. If this was the first time he did have a lift however why the hell let the driver drive like a nut, I'd have done my nuts with some guy risking my life like a loon. Maybe thats just me but I've never allowed anyone to drive fast with me in the car, has caused a few rows but atleast I've never been in an accident with someone else driving, have had a few scrapes myself though but these have been minnor accidents and puerly my own fault. So I hope this is a lesson to every body, you've got your own mind and a hole in your head to express your desire not to end up in an accident through the drivers stupidity grumpyandopinionated
  • Score: 4

10:08am Sat 22 Mar 14

jimmysmith says...

same in abergavenny loony boy racers up and down the town centre every night one turned a subaru over the other night in the town center in a 30 mile a hour zone strangely the police said there was no road offense committed i find it odd that these people are not drug tested
same in abergavenny loony boy racers up and down the town centre every night one turned a subaru over the other night in the town center in a 30 mile a hour zone strangely the police said there was no road offense committed i find it odd that these people are not drug tested jimmysmith
  • Score: 8

2:41pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Miss Thomas says...

I bet they were both off they're heads on drugs. No sympathy for either from me sorry .
I bet they were both off they're heads on drugs. No sympathy for either from me sorry . Miss Thomas
  • Score: 6

8:56pm Sat 22 Mar 14

maz1maz says...

Miss Thomas wrote:
I bet they were both off they're heads on drugs. No sympathy for either from me sorry .
Just wondering why he was sat in the back and not the front! No mention of any other passengers was there?
[quote][p][bold]Miss Thomas[/bold] wrote: I bet they were both off they're heads on drugs. No sympathy for either from me sorry .[/p][/quote]Just wondering why he was sat in the back and not the front! No mention of any other passengers was there? maz1maz
  • Score: 3

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