Teen knocked down by drink driver gets top A-level grades one year on

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A 19-year-old who suffered serious injuries when he was knocked down by a drink-driver has achieved top A-level grades.

And Luke Mason now wants to become an MP and bring in tougher sentences for those who drink before getting behind a wheel.

Luke’s studies were held back a year after he and a friend were mown down on a night out in Middlesbrough when they were celebrating his 18th birthday in October 2017.

He suffered a fractured spine, broken collarbone, pelvis, arm and ribs, a collapsed lung and a severe wound to the back of his head and was put in a medically induced coma before he started on a lengthy and ongoing recovery process.

Now, with the help of tutors at the King’s Academy, Coulby Newham, he has celebrated three A grades in politics, history and religious studies and a B in economics, which will get him into York University to read philosophy, politics and economics.

Students across the country are picking up their results today

 

He said: “I should have taken my A-levels last summer but being knocked over smashed that to pieces.

“There was no chance I could have learned everything I needed to and sat four A-levels then. Even after I got back to college I was on painkillers, couldn’t move my arm properly and was having intensive physiotherapy, that I’m still having now.

“It’s been a very delicate balance and a constant struggle trying to recover and work towards my exams. I’ve got through it with the help of my parents, the staff at the King’s Academy and a lot of determination.”

Academy principal David Dawes said: “Luke was always an extraordinarily able student but given what happened to him, the life-threatening situation he was in and the challenges he faced, we were very concerned, even after he came back to school, that he would struggle.

“However, he has shown immense courage and determination and hasn’t allowed it to interfere with his academic success.”

The driver who ran the friends over was drunk and already banned from the roads, and was jailed for four years after admitting causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

That led his victims to campaign for tougher sentences, and Mr Mason said: “I’d always wanted to go into politics and now I feel I really need to. You have got to be the change you want to see.

“The sentences for drink-driving and dangerous driving are very lenient and need to be looked at.

“I hope I can come through university with a first-class degree then will maybe do a masters before aiming for my goal of becoming a Member of Parliament.”



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