Woman ploughed car into partner at 40mph after argument as he shouted ‘stop’

A woman who ran over her partner in a car, hitting him at 40mph after a row in the street, has been jailed.

A shocked witness heard Kimberly Lawson’s terrified victim, Paul Ioannou, shout “stop” before she struck him with her Peugeot Coupe.

Mr Ioannou had to be airlifted to hospital in a life-threatening condition, with multiple injuries across his body and head, and was “fortunate to survive”.

The incident happened in the High Street in Margate, Kent, at around 3am on August 24 last year after the couple had an argument.

Lawson, 29, was arrested at the scene where she claimed to officers she did not mean to hit him.

Expert investigators estimated she was travelling between 39 and 45mph in a 30mph speed limit zone.

Appearing before Canterbury Crown Court on Friday, Lawson, of Vicarage Place, Margate, Kent, pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving and was sentenced to one year behind bars.

She was also disqualified from driving for three and a half years and will need to take an extended driving test before she can reapply for her licence.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Tristan Kluibenschadl said: “Lawson’s reckless actions resulted in her victim receiving life-threatening injuries and he was fortunate to survive.

“A car in the wrong hands is a deadly weapon and the custodial sentence imposed by the court will offer Lawson time to reflect on her actions.”