Becky beats bus fear for first time

Becky Jones, aged 19, with her mum Samantha Bowman, aged 42, both of Hatfield.
Becky Jones, aged 19, with her mum Samantha Bowman, aged 42, both of Hatfield.

A COURAGEOUS teenager who nearly died when a car smashed into her at a bus stop, has conquered her fear of travelling on a bus.

Brave Becky Jones, 19, is making a good recovery following the devastating crash that left her in a coma with head injuries.

The Stainforth youngster is still living with the consequences of her injuries, but despite this Becky climbed onboard a bus for the first time in over three years.

“Becky has been scared to leave the house because of what happened, and she is scared of traffic, although she has some great support workers,” said mum Samantha Bowman.

“But now she has got on a bus for the first time. That was fantastic. For most people getting on a bus may be mundane, but for Becky it was amazing.

“She has been terrified about bus stops. It has taken a long time for her to be able to stand at a bus stop.

Becky was waiting with friends in Church Road, Stainforth, to catch a bus to Hatfield when a car struck her in December 2008. The driver and passengers ran off.

A round-the-clock vigil at Becky’s bedside at Sheffield Children’s Hospital followed, and the former Hatfield Visual Arts College pupil pulled through.

Becky and her mum did receive an apology from the Crown Prosecution Service after lawyers admitted legal errors with her case meant those suspected of the crime could never stand trial.

Becky still has to have fluid drained from her brain, her memory and concentration have not returned fully and walking is still difficult.

Samantha, 42, said: “Physically, she is doing well, though there is still a long way to go.

“Her concentration span is not good and she still forgets. We have to say things again and again and write things down.

“She’s not had her education because she’s still in full-on physiotherapy. She still has weakness on her left side. She can walk but she can stumble on uneven ground, and she still uses the wheelchair for longer journeys.

“But from what she was after she was first injured, she is amazing. When it first happened I never thought Becky would get to this stage.

“But it should never have happened and you do look back and think about where she would be now if she had not been injured. She should have been working abroad, as she had planned. You adjust or you would send yourself crazy.

“All I ever wanted afterwards was justice, and I didn’t get that because no-one was prosecuted.

“But we have turned around and focused on Becky and getting her better.”

Samantha added that she hoped the people who were in the car which hit Becky had learned from what happened.