Amazon driver reveals harrowing moment truck dragged him 95m

A former soldier who was serving his notice with Amazon has spoken out after his life changed – forever. The 22-year-old Chance Bright, from Staffordshire, started as a delivery driver with the company last November. But his life changed in the cruelest of ways after he decided to leave his role with the delivery giant and do something else.

A few minutes before midday on March 4, he left his van unlocked as he walked up a driveway to deliver a parcel in Paradise Lane, Coven, near Wolverhampton. But as he did, career criminal Brian Atkinson spied his chance, jumped in the van and drove off. Mitchell Rose, aged 27, then got into Atkinson’s scrap truck to remove it from the scene, reports StokeonTrentLive .

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Mr Bright shouted and waved his arms, hoping Rose would do the decent thing and stop.

But Rose shook his head as if to say ‘No’ and ran over Mr Bright. The victim was screaming as he was dragged 95 metres under the vehicle. He was left with ‘catastrophic’ injuries.

Recalling that fateful day, Mr Bright, who is now aged 23, said: “My life changed forever on March 4. I was left with a broken back. I had to undergo surgery for the horrific injuries I incurred by being dragged under a chassis of a van on the road for 95 metres.

“My condition was so acute I had to be put in a coma for three days.

Mitchell Rose

“I was in hospital for eight weeks before I managed to sit myself up in bed. “I had no feeling in my legs. I became very emotional.

I knew I would never walk again. Getting out of bed and walking across a room was now a major challenge. “My ability to walk or run are just a couple of the bodily functions the driver of the van took away from me.

“I used to love playing football with the same group of mates every Sunday. I loved ice skating, trampolining and taking the dogs a walk. I feel only rage and bitterness.”

Amazon driver reveals harrowing moment truck dragged him 95m‘Career criminal’ Brian Atkinson.

There has also been an impact on his private life and he and his girlfriend have now split up.

In week nine he had skin grafts and experienced pain in his left shoulder and in week 11 he had to wear a catheter. He was moved from the Royal Stoke University Hospital to an Orthopedic Unit in Oswestry and he was placed into quarantine. Chance said: “I was so far away from family and friends and apart from other patients.

I had never felt so alone. “I was once proud of my physical appearance. Now I feel self-conscious.”

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Chance, who has now left hospital, made a second statement on November 11 in which he stated he has noticed himself feeling more and more frustrated.

He added: “I push those away who love me. My body and mind have been affected. I miss my independence, my strength, my drive.”

Speaking after the sentence, he said: “The trial has been an exceptionally difficult time for me and my family, and following the sentencing, we now hope to be able to put this chapter behind us and move forwards. “I am still in the early stages of my rehabilitation and recovery, and that is very much going to be my focus now. “On that day my life changed forever.

It will never be the same again, but I take every day as it comes now, and I try to stay positive for the future.” Rose, of Redshank Road, Walsall, was yesterday jailed for 12 years at Stafford Crown Court.

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He was cleared of attempted murder after a trial at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court but was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm with intent. He admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He was banned from driving for six years which will start when he is released from jail.

Atkinson, aged 41, of Parker Street, Walsall, admitted theft and was convicted of assisting an offender. He also admitted dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance, failing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis, and failing to surrender to custody which related to an incident in the early hours of June 27, 2018 when he tried to evade arrest. He was banned from driving for five years which will start when he is released from prison.

Amazon driver reveals harrowing moment truck dragged him 95m

Rose’s sister, Carol Davis, aged 39, of Yew Tree Road, Walsall, who played her part in a ‘cover-up operation’ to try and ‘save her brother’s skin’, admitted assisting an offender.

She has been in custody since her arrest and was sentenced to a 12 month community order with a rehabilitation activity requirement for 20 days. Davis recruited Emma Griffin, aged 34, of Field Road, Walsall, to drive them all to North Wales. Griffin also admitted assisting an offender and was sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for 18 months, with a thinking skills programme and a rehabilitation activity requirement for 30 days.

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Speaking after the case, Detective Constable Laura Turner, from CID, said: “This was a selfish and thoughtless crime that has had a lasting impact on a young hardworking man who had the rest of his life still ahead of him.

His life will never be the same again. “I would like to say thank you to all of the members of the public and witnesses at the scene who helped with this thorough investigation. “I am pleased that justice has been served.

Our thoughts remain with Chance and his family and I hope they can try to rebuild their lives.” Judge Paul Glenn told the defendants: “The events were life-changing as far as Mr Bright was concerned. He is a young man who was simply doing his job delivering parcels.

“Mr Bright sought to flag you (Rose) down and was waving his arms repeatedly shouting stop in the hope you would do the decent thing and help him. “I am satisfied you shook your head to indicate ‘no’ before you ran him over. “He was dragged along the road for some distance.

He was shouting and screaming. He broke free of the vehicle eventually. “You simply drove off.

You knew what had happened.

It was an act of unbelievable callousness.

“I have no doubt whatsoever you knew he was under the vehicle and you couldn’t care less.”

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