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PUBLISHED: 14:26 28 December 2001 | UPDATED: 15:22 03 March 2010

THE teenage victim of a road crash is today lying in a hospital bed recovering from injuries so serious they could have killed a weaker person.

Sixteen-year-old Vicky Kelcher was crushed against a brick wall, when a car driven by Felixstowe businessman Peter Whalley left the road and ploughed into her.

THE teenage victim of a road crash is today lying in a hospital bed recovering from injuries so serious they could have killed a weaker person.

Sixteen-year-old Vicky Kelcher was crushed against a brick wall, when a car driven by Felixstowe businessman Peter Whalley left the road and ploughed into her.

Her pelvis was crushed, and she also suffered a broken leg and a gash to her face.

The former Deben High School pupil, who sat her GCSE exams this summer, underwent several operations including a skin graft to her injured leg, at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

She was then moved to Ipswich Hospital where medical staff today described her condition as comfortable.

Her anguished family have been at her bedside ever since the crash on December 8, including throughout Christmas.

Her mum Wendy, 41, of Chaucer Road, said today: "The doctors told us that if she'd been our age she would not have survived. She has youth on her side.

"We hope she will be able to return home within a week but that depends, of course, on what the doctors say, and how she does over the next few days."

Mrs Kelcher and her husband David are looking forward to having Vicky home, and looking after her as her injuries gradually mend.

But they know it will be a slow process, and Mrs Kelcher added: "She will not be able to walk for at least three months, so that will be very frustrating for her as she will lose her independence."

It will be longer still before Vicky will be able to return to her studies at Suffolk College.

Mrs Kelcher said her daughter had told of the anger she felt towards the driver who caused her injuries.

She was walking with her boyfriend in Garrison Lane when the accident happened.

Mr Whalley's black Mercedes left the road and mounted the pavement, missing Vicky's boyfriend by inches but smashing into the teenager, pinning her against a brick wall in front of the Mays Court sheltered housing complex.

Mr Whalley was arrested at the scene, but was not charged but has been released on police bail. He is due to report back to police on Thursday, January 3, pending further investigations.

He has declined to speak to the Evening Star about the accident.

Mr Whalley, 35, who moved to Felixstowe about ten years ago, owns and runs Bonds wine bar with his wife Sarah, and Old Millars pub and restaurant, both on the seafront in Undercliff Road West. He also ran the Republika nightclub at Charles Manning's Amusement Park two years ago before it became The Wave.


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