A soprano who performed at the BBC Proms has told how her career hopes have been derailed after she was driven off the road by an "aggressive" motorist during a road rage attack.
Billie Allin, 21, said she was left unable to sing after racing driver Alan Thompson cut in front of her Vauxhall Corsa, which forced her to crash into railings.
The Royal Welsh College of Music student suffered a broken nose and was fitted with a metal plate in her arm following the incident in July 2019 in North Wales.
Thompson was fined £5,000, handed a suspended six-month prison sentence and banned from driving for two years after he was found guilty of causing serious injury by dangerous driving at Mold Crown Court.
Ms Allin told The Telegraph the incident has "massively" impact her aspirations for a career in classical music after a loss of confidence meant she missed rehearsals and avoids travelling long distances on her own for work.
Ms Allin said she may now switch to a career as a police officer
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“It’s really sad, really gutting,” Ms Allin said, adding, “I’ve always really pushed myself to get where I need to be and now I feel like I’ve fallen behind so much that I don’t know if I’ve got it in me to continue.”
In a victim impact statement read out at court, Ms Allin, who has performed at the Proms for the BBC National Chorus of Wales, said she had lost one job with an events company and split from her partner since the crash.
The 21-year-old added she was considering switching to a career as a police officer as a result of her struggles.
The court heard Thompson was driving a Mercedes Sprinter van to his home in Oxfordshire when he attempted to overtake a motorist on the A494 dual carriageway but misjudged the speed Ms Allin was travelling at in the nearside lane.
He then came up behind the 21-year-old at speed before swerving and pulling in front of her causing her to drive off the road.
Judge Rhys Rowlands told him his driving was "aggressive and unnecessary", adding: "In my judgement, you are wholly to blame for the accident and its subsequent consequences, with there being absolutely no fault at all on the part of Miss Allin."
After the hearing investigating Officer PC Emma Birrell said: "It is only by sheer luck that this wasn’t a fatal road traffic collision."