Wei Liu, 30, was still unconscious when her
baby was delivered in hospital after the crash
and she only learned she had a son when she
woke up three days later.
Manchester Crown Court heard Zain Iqbal, 21,
drove his VW Golf into her cab leaving her in a
critical condition, and her partner Geng Yu,
24, also seriously injured.
Iqbal was speeding on Great Ancoats Street in
Manchester when he attempted to undertake a
car that had slowed down to allow a taxi to
pull out, only to plough into the cab.
Ms Liu was taken to Manchester Royal
Infirmary in a critical condition and her son
Lucas was delivered after an emergency
caesarean a month early.
She was also left with a catalogue of
devastating injuries, including a severed artery
above her heart, fractured ribs which had
pierced her liver and a shattered pelvis along
with a fractured cheekbone, broken foot and a
gash on her head which needed 48 stitches.
The shop assistant for Hermes in Selfridges in
Manchester city centre also had to spend a
total of 40 days in hospital before finally being
allowed home. She is still in a wheelchair.
In Miss Liu's victim impact statement she said:
'I'm still having medical treatment and still
trying to recover from the injuries. I still have
treatment for my head injury. I get dizzy when
I try and sleep I need to take sleeping tablets.
I constantly have headaches and I still have a
bleed on the brain.
'I still have pain to my heart, it starts like
heartburn, I have to have a scan every year for
my heart injury. I am very emotional, at first I
thought it was my hormones with having my
son Lucas. There is still not a bond, there
seems to be no connection, like you can take
him away and no bond would be broken. It is
very upsetting. I have no memory of giving
birth. He is doing fine and is a healthy baby.
'I have a large scar on my scalp which needed
48 stitches and a 10- 12 cm scar on my
stomach. I have a scar on my left cheek which
I have to constantly cover up with make up.
Since the collision I haven't gone back to
work. It would not be possible as I am unable
to stand for too long and get tired very easily.
The crash has ruined my life and the start of
my family life.'
Her partner Geng needed surgery for a
punctured lung, broken ribs and also suffered
injuries to his feet. A pedestrian was also
injured in the accident after being crushed
between the taxi and a barrier.
Today Iqbal, who is studying for an
accountancy degree at Manchester
Metropolitan University, was jailed for 28
months and banned from driving for four years
He had earlier pleaded guilty to causing serious
injury by dangerous driving and also had to
pay a £120 victim surcharge.
At court prosecutor Brian Berlyne said a
witness spotted the VW Golf being driven at
speed behind him.
Mr Berlyne said: 'He described Mr Iqbal as
"blasting past him" and driving at excessive
speed. He described him as wobbling along all
over the place and looked unsteady.
'A short distance ahead travelling in the same
direction was Nicola Ferney who observed the
black cab travelling in the opposite direction.
'She heard a loud revving noise and saw that
Mr Iqbal had overtaken her on her nearside.
In her words it was quite fast and then the
driver was in collision with the rear near side
of the taxi, it started to spin around rapidly.
'Gary Booth was a pedestrian, the taxi collided
with him and trapped him against a set of steel
He said Mr Booth suffered a fractured tibia,
fibula, femur and deep wound to his calf and
had to have a skin graft to his thigh. one
month after the accident he was still unable to
walk unaided. He had been a healthy fit young
In his victim impact statement he said: 'Owing
to all the injuries I sustained I had to change
the type of vehicle I drive. I lost my job prior
to Christmas owing to the injuries as I was
unable to carry out the role. I had been a
skiing instructor in Switzerland and was hoping
to go back into this, it is very unlikely after
Simon Gurney, in mitigation for Iqbal said:
'The defendant is fortunate that it was not
more serious. He accepts full responsibility for
his conduct that night for his standard of
driving and accepts that it was dangerous. It is
accepted that it passes the custodial threshold.
'He is 21, of good character coupled with the
previously clean driving licence. He maintains
he had not seen the taxi. He was driving a
vehicle with too much power. He was driving
far too quickly and in a manner that was
inappropriate. The defendant doesn't seek to
blame any other party for what took place that
Passing sentence Recorder Neville Biddell said:
'You have caused a significant number of
people very, very serious injuries, but
arguably, the level of your dangerous driving
is not of the most dangerous level.
'At about 10:30pm you were driving your
friend home having been out for the evening.
'You clearly didn't have the experience to drive
it properly, it may have been that you were
'Ahead of you was Miss Fernley she was able to
see the taxi coming towards her, you missed
all that and were concentrating on getting back
on the inside so you could basically undertake
Miss Fernley, whizzing past her.
'You were clearly driving dangerously and 50
mph was a dangerously excessive speed. You
were cutting in and out of traffic not allowing
yourself to see other traffic on the road. You
drove into the taxi, I have seen the video and
photos it is the consequences of what you did,
the causing of serious injury.
'Mrs Liu she was pregnant within one month of
delivery. She sustained extremely serious
injuries to her head, neck face and throat to
the extent that she was unconscious. that had
a devastating effect to her, she had to go to
MRI to have an emergency Caesarean.
Fortunately the baby was delivered. Her
husband was in the taxi as well and sustained
serious injuries and a friend sustained