Young South Yorkshire mum lucky to survive horror crash after ex-boyfriend vowed to kill her

A young mum whose ex-boyfriend deliberately drove into a tree after vowing to kill her has re-lived the horror crash as she still recovers from the ordeal six months on.

Monday, 1st July 2019, 10:16 am
Updated Monday, 1st July 2019, 14:23 pm

Chloe Wilson’s ex-boyfriend, Liam Elsom, looked her in the eye and said ‘I’m going to kill you now’ before deliberately crashing into a tree when she refused to rekindle their relationship.LATEST: Police rule out foul play after death of young man in student accommodation in SheffieldThe 20-year-old mum, who has a young daughter with Elsom, was lucky to survive the smash after suffering a number of injures including a broken collarbone and a hairline fracture of her spine.

Liam Elsom

CRIME: Detectives continue to investigate baby death as Barnsley man remains in custodyChloe had turned down Elsom’s advances moments before the crash on January 19 this year - two months after the pair split.He coerced her into getting into a white Vauxhall Corsa after threatening to beat up a male friend she had been on a night out with at Corporation in Sheffield.She suspected Elsom, the father of her daughter, Aria, was drunk and repeatedly pleaded with him to stop the car and let her go.But Elsom ignored Chloe’s pleas and his anger escalated when his ex refused to give their relationship another chance.

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He then deliberately smashed into a tree at around 60mph.Chloe, from Mexborough, Doncaster, spent six days in hospital where her fractured bones were pinned.She also suffered torn ligaments in her left leg, a blood clot after her seatbelt dug into her stomach, and she had to teach herself to walk properly again.She is now trying to rebuild her life but still undergoes counselling for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, has to wear a sling when her arm aches and will need physio and hydrotherapy for up to 18 months.Chloe, who bravely read out a victim impact statement in court, said she had wanted to face her former boyfriend to show him he ‘had not won’.Elsom, 25, of Wagon Road, Greasbrough, Rotherham, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause serious harm, dangerous driving and common assault.Chloe said he did not look at her once during his sentencing hearing at Sheffield Crown Court on Monday, June 17, which saw him jailed for 10 years.Speaking after the hearing, Chloe said: “I knew I needed to go and face him. I wanted to look him in the eye to be able to say ‘you did do that to me, you ruined my life but I’m still here’.“I wanted him to know he had not won. It was so important to me to go to court because when Aria gets older she is going to have questions.“I want her to know I did everything I needed to. He is in prison for a long time but he deserves it for what he did to me.“He locked me in the car and he was cold. He was saying to me ‘are you going to get back with me?’. “He said ‘I’m going to kill you now’ and then bang, straight into a tree. He was drunk, he was angry, he was jealous.“At the time, on that night, hand on heart, I knew he wanted to kill me. It was like ‘if I cannot have her, nobody else can’, I honestly think that’s how Liam looked at it.“He nearly killed me, our daughter would have been without a mum and dad.”

Chloe added: “Whenever I close my eyes, all I can see is Liam saying ‘I am going to kill you now’. I see his face everywhere. As soon as I hear a car brake now, I feel sick. I feel like I’m back in the car again.”Chloe said when she first met Elsom at a fast food restaurant where they both worked in December 2016, she was besotted with him and they began dating a few months later in February 2017.The pair moved in together and Chloe quickly fell pregnant and gave birth to their now 16-month-old daughter, Aria, in February 2018.Elsom was never physically violent towards Chloe during their two-year relationship, she said. She blames messages sent to other girls and Elsom’s constant drinking as the reasons why the pair eventually split in November 2018.They continued speaking on a daily basis and went for a daytime trip to York to see Santa with Aria just before Christmas last year.“At first he was everything I ever wanted, I loved him more than anything and to me, he was the most important thing,” said Chloe.“At the beginning he was amazing, I could not fault him for anything. We did everything together.“He started drinking all the time and started being nasty. In the end, he turned out to be everything I never wanted.”Chloe was invited out for drinks with a male friend in January this year but after walking to the bar to buy a drink, she found Elsom stood next to her.“I did not expect him to be there. I walked on to the dancefloor and turned around and Liam was there shouting at my friend,” she added.“He started punching my friend and laying into him. I got in between them and then he punched me which bust my lip.“I ran off in hysterics and floods of tears. I was looking for my friend but could not find him. Liam was constantly calling me saying if I didn’t get in the car he was going to punch my friend’s face in.”Chloe said she gave in to Elsom and got into his car to protect her own friend, which she instantly knew was a mistake after he took off at speed.“He was going at stupid mile an hour and I put my seatbelt on and braced myself for what could happen,” she added.“We were flying round these roads but I kept saying I wanted to go home. I was screaming at him saying ‘please, stop the car, you are drunk’.“He had gone round a bend and the tyres had come up in the air. He was saying to me ‘are you going to get back with me?’“We were driving so fast and he then looked at me dead in the eye and said to me ‘I’m going to kill you now’. I felt sick.”Chloe, who fell in an out of consciousness after the crash, said she remembers seeing Elsom looking back at her before slamming the car door shut as he left his mangled car.“It all happened so quick. I could not breathe when I woke up, I felt like my chest was closing in,” she added.“He got out of the car, looked at me and just slammed the door.“I had to undo my seatbelt. I had a broken collarbone and fractured spine and had to open the car door. The pain was so intense and I must have passed out and I fell on the road.“I remember before I passed out, I saw blue lights coming towards me. I remember waking up and there were police all around me. I remember saying ‘he tried to kill me’.“I’m the luckiest person ever to survive. Every doctor I saw said I’m lucky to still be here. I genuinely thought that was it.”Speaking after the sentencing, investigating officer Joanne Dixon said: “I am satisfied with the sentence handed to Elsom.“His impulsive actions that night have had far-reaching consequences and have resulted in a long recovery period for the victim.“Domestic abuse and violence will not and should not be tolerated. I hope now that Chloe can find some closure and concentrate on her recovery.”

Chloe Wilson and Liam Elsom in happier times (Pic: SWNS)