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Payout to injured baby's parents

Cerys Edwards
Cerys Edwards was left paralysed by the crash

A couple whose baby daughter suffered brain damage in a crash caused by a dangerous driver have received 800,000 in compensation.

Cerys Edwards is still on a ventilator after the crash in Streetly Lane, Sutton Coldfield, in November 2006.

Her parents Gareth and Tracey were paid by insurers for Antonio Singh Boparan at Birmingham High Court.

The money will help build a special house in which they can care for Cerys, who is currently treated in Surrey.

The family have to travel 150 miles from Sutton Coldfield to visit her at the specialist Children's Trust.

Cerys, who was 11 months old when the crash happened, now needs 24-hour care.

'Arrogant disregard'

Millionaire's son Boparan, whose parents run a West Bromwich food company, had been driving a high-powered Range Rover at 70mph in a 30mph zone, his trial was told.

The 21-year-old, of Little Aston, Sutton Coldfield, was convicted of dangerous driving at Birmingham Crown Court last month and jailed for 21 months.

He was told by Judge Frank Chapman he had shown an "arrogant disregard" for safety.

Mr and Mrs Edwards' lawyer Richard Langton said a specially-adapted house would cost about 850,000, and there would be extra costs including paying for her carers and vehicles to transport her.

Mr Langton said: "I know it sounds a lot, but it's got to accommodate not just Cerys but all her carers around the clock."

This weekend, Cerys' parents started an online petition calling for tougher sentences to be introduced for dangerous driving.

Currently the maximum is two years in jail, but the Edwards family want this increased to 10.


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