Drink-driving midwife, 50, allowed to keep job after hitting boy, 17

Drink-driving midwife, 50, who hit talented sportsman, 17, leaving him with fractured skull and brain bleed after friend’s 50th birthday bash is allowed to keep her job

  • Sarah Hogg smashed into Alex Moffitt in Lydiate, Merseyside, on March 23, 2019 
  • She served half of 12 month sentence, referred to Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Hogg expressed ‘considerable remorse’ but was suspended for nine months

Sarah Hogg (pictured) admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving

A midwife who drunkenly smashed her car into a teenage boy will be allowed to return to her profession following a suspension after expressing her deep remorse.

Sarah Hogg got behind the wheel, despite being double the drink drive limit after celebrating her 50th birthday and lost control of the Honda CR-V.

She slammed into 17-year-old Alex Moffitt, throwing him around 12 feet into a fence on Kenyons Lane in Lydiate, Merseyside.

Hogg, of Maghull, admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol, and was jailed for 12 months in December last year.

She served around half of her sentence before being released on licence and the case was referred to regulator the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). 

They have the power to ask an independent panel for nurses and midwives to be struck off.

Talented footballer and cricketer Alex Moffitt (pictured) was left with injuries including a fractured skull, bleeding on the brain, damaged vertebrae and torn knee ligaments

According to a ruling published by the panel, Hogg accepted that she got into her car after the party to ‘escape’ after arguing with her husband because he had left without her. 

The panel noted Hogg’s ‘considerable remorse’ and ‘detailed’ description of how she would avoid a repeat of the offence.

However, it also stressed the incident should be marked with a suspension due to the serious consequences for Alex and the impact on the reputation of the profession.

Hogg was suspended from practising as a nurse or midwife for nine months. 

The crash, on March 23, 2019, left talented footballer and cricketer Alex with injuries including a fractured skull, bleeding on the brain, damaged vertebrae and torn knee ligaments.

After lifesaving treatment, he has endured gruelling physiotherapy and further surgery, but is believed to be progressing well. 

The panel recorded that since her release from prison, Hogg had been working as a registered carer in a residential home, but wished to return to midwifery if allowed.

Hogg smashed into Alex throwing him around 12 feet into a fence on Kenyons Lane in Lydiate, Merseyside (pictured) 

The panel, consisting of registered nurses Clive Chalk and Yvonne O’Conner, and lay member John McGrath, stopped short of striking Hogg off the register.

It said: ‘Your conviction arose from actions in your private life which are unrelated to your clinical practice.

‘Although your victim sustained significant and serious injuries, there is no evidence before this panel that your actions on 23 March 2019 placed patients at a risk of harm.’ 

She is still under licence conditions until the expiry of her sentence on December 16. 

  

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