Hero lost leg saving girlfriend from danger driver crash

A driver has been found guilty of causing serious injury by dangerous driving following an incident in which man lost a leg.

Ed Bowen was pinned to a wall by a car as it was driven backwards down steep Nine Tree Hill, off Stokes Croft in Kingsdown, on October 20, 2018.

The 34-year-old told how he had pushed his girlfriend out of the way of the car and was then crushed by the back of it.

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Mr Bowen went into cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated in the ambulance rushing him to hospital.

He underwent an 11-hour operation to save his life and had to have his left leg amputated.

He also suffered other serious injuries, from which he is still recovering.

Ed Bowen, who suffered horrific injuries saving his girlfriend in a crash in Stokes Croft in October 2018
(Image: Ed Bowen)

Mr Bowen was hailed a hero for his actions, and a fundraising page set up by his friends as he lay in hospital went viral.

Charles McLean, 31, of NFA in Manchester, denied wrongdoing but was convicted after a trial at Bristol Crown Court which ended today. (July 29, 2021)

Mr Bowen and his supporters were present in court when the guilty verdict was returned.

Judge Julian Lambert told the jury: “You convicted him on robust evidence.

“That means the judge says you’re quite right.”

The judge bailed Mclean pending sentence on September 1.

Ed Bowen, who suffered horrific injuries saving his girlfriend in a crash in Stokes Croft
(Image: Ed Bowen)

He told Mclean: “On September 1 do not expect to be spared immediate custody.”

Mclean declined to comment as he left court.

Mr Bowen told Bristol Live: “I’m very happy with the outcome.

“Court was a horrible experience, I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.

“But it was the outcome we wanted and i’m just happy.

“My recovery is going OK, I’m up and walking, but there is still a long way to go.

“I am hoping for the punishment to fit the crime.”

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