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Posted On: 30th Nov 2015

Don't Drink Drive

Fixer Greg Sumner
An image of Greg before the accident
Mike Porter, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service

‘My friends would all meet up at the pub before going to town and someone would drive. Now they won’t get in the car. I am proof that people should never drink and drive.’

Greg Sumner, who was left paralysed from the neck down in a car crash, is using his experiences to warn others not to drink drive, or to get into a vehicle with someone who is.

His story was broadcast on ITV News West Country on Thursday 3rd December.

In the TV piece, the 25-year-old from Somerset speaks to students and hopes they will listen to his warning.

‘A friend of mine had been drinking. I knew that, but I didn’t think it was an issue,’ explains Greg.

‘He was drink driving, took a corner too wide and had a crash.

‘There were two people dead, I was almost dead, and other lives had been destroyed. I was left paralysed from the neck down and now I cannot move or do anything for myself.'

 

  

  

7th October 2012

 

Greg Sumner, then 22, was a front seat passenger when his friend, who was two and a half times the drink drive limit, over-took a car on the brow of a hill at more than 70mph in a 40mph zone.

 

Greg’s car slammed into a vehicle coming in the opposite direction which was being driven by a family man, and both drivers were killed immediately. Greg was disabled for life.

 

It was the culmination of a ‘road rage’ chase during which they had pursued and intimidated the young occupants of a car, one of whom “thought they were going to die.”

 

The accident devastated the families involved, and left four children without their fathers.  A coroner found that the driver of Greg’s car was guilty of ‘gross criminal negligence’ and ‘unlawful killing.’

 

Sourced from:  Express & Echo, Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury and Cheddar Valley Gazette. [Read more about this story by clicking on the newspaper names].

 

 

With Fixers, Greg  has created a presentation which he has been delivering in schools.

 

Click on the film below to view:

 

 

He has the support of Mike Porter from the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service. He also features in the TV broadcast. 

 

‘The young people can see that Greg was someone who liked to go out and enjoy himself,’ Mike says.

‘He’s someone they can relate to and they can see the final conclusion of what happens when you get into vehicles with drunk drivers.


‘The message really hits home hard.’

Greg adds: ‘The opportunity will come around for young people to get into a car with a person who has been drinking.

‘I hope they will remember me and that I will be a strong deterrent.’

 

To find other resources on this topic, and watch Fixers films, click on the image below.

 

Author: Cara Laithwaite

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