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Horror smash resulted in young footballer having both legs amputated

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Shaun Whiter, 27, was helping his friend Joey Abbs to change a tyre in Newmarket, Suffolk, when a Ford Focus struck their cars
Shaun Whiter, 27, was helping his friend Joey Abbs to change a tyre in Newmarket, Suffolk, when a Ford Focus struck their cars

A driver has admitted causing a crash that resulted in a young footballer having his lower legs amputated.

Shaun Whiter, 27, was helping his friend Joey Abbs to change a tyre in Newmarket, Suffolk, when a Ford Focus struck their cars.

The Newmarket Town player had to have his lower legs amputated and Mr Abbs suffered a serious leg injury in the crash on July 1.

Driver Jan Adamec, 40, of Shetland Road, Haverhill, pleaded guilty to two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving at Cambridge Crown Court on Monday.

He is expected to be sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court on September 9.

Mr Abbs is pursuing a civil claim to secure funds to help with his ongoing therapy and recovery.

Neil Whiteley, managing partner of Irwin Mitchell in Cambridge and a serious injury lawyer, is representing him.

He said that the guilty pleas were a "significant relief" to Mr Abbs.

"Understandably he has struggled to come to terms with the impact his injuries will have and the effect this incident continues to have on him every day," said Mr Whiteley.

"As well as suffering serious injuries to both legs though especially on the left side, Joey continues to experience the psychological trauma of the incident.

"He will need a great deal of rehabilitation and support to start to overcome what has happened.

"The guilty plea entered today has at least spared Joey reliving the experience through a trial, which would have been a very difficult time for him and his family.

"Obviously he now awaits the sentencing before he can begin to put this process behind him."