Mom ‘upset’ that hit-and-run driver who left her son unable to walk was saved from jail


Oliver Davies, 10, was thrown 30 feet into the air when 24-year-old Samuel Congreve crashed him with his BMW in Gwent in June last year. Congreve received a four-month suspended sentence and a three-month curfew.

Oliver Davies, 10, was thrown 30 feet into the air when Samuel Congreve, 24, crashed into him.
Oliver Davies was thrown 30 feet into the air when 24-year-old Samuel Congreve crashed into him.

A mother has spoken of her “disgust” after the hit-and-run drug driver who left her son with catastrophic injuries was saved from jail.

Oliver Davies, 10, was thrown 30 feet into the air when Samuel Congreve, 24, crashed into him with his BMW.

The young man, from Gwent, Wales, suffered a punctured lung, multiple fractures, including to his spine and pelvis, and a lacerated spleen.

Oliver spent nine days in the hospital and was unable to play soccer with his friends or walk up the stairs.

The boy, now 11, suffers from recurring nightmares after the accident.

Congreve, of Caerphilly, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention, driving with cannabis in his blood and failing to stop after an accident causing personal injury.

Oliver spent nine days in the hospital.
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The 24-year-old received a four-month suspended sentence and a three-month curfew.

Oliver’s mother, Amy, said the family is disappointed by the phrase “disgusting.”

She said: “It was disgusting, I walked out as soon as the judge said suspended.

“Obviously we behaved, but I wish I had said more now. I’ve never shaken so much in my life, I was angry.”

Oliver has been unable to play football with his friends or climb the stairs
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“All we wanted was a sentence, just something to wrap up a little bit, that he’s actually being punished. I think now I can go out, drink, drive, hit a kid, run from the scene and get away with it.” .

“Oliver was devastated, he burst into tears when we walked through the door. He was devastated.”

Oliver had been crossing the street when Congreve came “out of nowhere” and punched him on June 27, 2021, Newport Magistrates Court heard.

Samuel Congreve, 24, was spared jail time despite leaving little Oliver with life-changing injuries in the crash
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Oliver was crossing the street when he was hit on June 27, 2021
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Amy said: “Olly looked at the last minute and tried to run but it was too late.

“It was thrown 30 feet into the air across the road and this car drove away. It drove away without stopping.”

Amy’s husband ran to the scene after being told what happened.

In a victim impact statement read in court, Amy said: “Our initial thoughts at this point were, was he still alive?

“How serious were his injuries? Would he still be the same Oliver we always knew and loved?

Oliver suffered a punctured lung, multiple fractures, including to the spine and pelvis, and a lacerated spleen.
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“The feeling that washed over us both is hard to put into words, a feeling of sickness and utter dread in the pit of our stomachs that no parent should ever feel.

“My worst nightmare has always been getting that phone call that one of our children had been run over and for that to happen is inconceivable.

“When we arrived on scene to see our beautiful boy, to see his battered and broken body, grazed from head to toe, his shoulder completely deformed and out of position and screaming in pain was horrible to see.

Oliver Davies with his sister Lily-Rae Davies and their mother Amy Davies
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From left: sister Lily-Rae Davies, brother Morgan Davies, Oliver Davies, mom Amy Davies and dad Alex Davies
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“This individual who didn’t even have the basic human nature to stop, not even knowing if he had killed our son, a person, not an object or even an animal, but our son, a brother and a grandson, a human being.”

She continued: “I am reluctant to even allow our children to go out with their friends, to even leave our side, through no fault of my own, but because of what happened to our son at a crosswalk.

“I even worry about hitting a kid and I dread it every time I drive. Looking ahead, we don’t know how it will affect Oliver both physically and mentally.”

“He has ongoing back problems, so again we are waiting for results.

“Will this affect his choice of a job he can do later in life? Will Olly be able to play sports again? Will the nightmares return? These are things we won’t know yet.”

Congreve was also banned from driving for two years.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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