Mum’s disgust as hit-and-run drug driver who injured son, 3, walks free from court


A mum was left disgusted after a drug driver who injured her son in a hit-and-run walked free from court.

Andrea Suniga watched on in horror as three-year-old Koby Dack was flung 20ft into the air before landing by the kerb in North Shields, Tyneside in April.

He is on the way to recovering but his family have been left furious after David Wood, who had cocaine in his system before the collision, was spared jail, reports ChronicleLive.

Wood was handed a community order after pleading guilt to failing to stop after an accident and three counts of driving over the controlled drug limit.

The 50-year-old, of Monkseaton, Whitley Bay, was also banned from driving for 12 months.

But Andrea, who says her son is still suffering both physically and emotionally as a result of the collision, is furious with the sentence.

The 37-year-old said: “I think it’s absolutely disgusting, it’s an absolute joke. Koby is still suffering from the trauma of what happened. He’s a totally different kid.”

Andrea explained how she was on her way home from shopping with Koby when the collision happened on Waterville Road.

She screamed for help as she realised Koby was unconscious and not moving.

Koby’s older brother Jack, 10, was also hysterical, said Andrea.

Three ambulances were sent to the scene and Koby was taken to the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington, where he underwent X-Rays and a CT scan.

His injuries were not life-threatening and he was able to return to his North Shields home the following night.

But Andrea says Koby, now four, is still dealing with the impact of what happening to him.

“He’s very nervous around roads,” she said. “We just don’t know what the long term effect will be on him.

“His leg still gives way all the time. We have been back to the hospital and the doctors say it’s healing but it keeps giving way and he keeps falling over.”

Wood’s drug driving charges related to cocaine and THC, a psychoactive substance derived from cannabis.