Losing a leg after being mown down by a motorist on the first day of a seaside break, a brave DJ has achieved his dream of standing for his wedding.

Dave Tasker, 28, whose injuries have prevented him from consummating his marriage to wife, Sam, 21, had his left leg amputated above the knee, lost the use of his left arm and has been left virtually housebound by the accident, in August last year, in Skegness.

Dave, of South Yorkshire, said: “It was just amazing to stand as Sam came in to the room in her wedding dress.  She looked like an angel. It was the best day of my life.”

He went on: “I haven’t been able to have sex since the crash, though, so we couldn’t have a wedding night of passion, like most couples do.”

On a camping trip with 20 friends at Pine Trees leisure park – something they did every year – when the accident happened, Dave had been walking back alone from the town centre, down Wainfleet Road, at 3.30am, looking for Sam, when he was knocked down.

After a few drinks in their tents, the group had headed into Skegness for a night of fun, in local pubs and clubs, but, after being split-up from the crowd, Dave had no idea Sam had fallen, broken her arm, and been taken to nearby Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Lincs.

leg holiday weddingDave kissing Sam on their wedding day (PA Real Life/Lynton Photography)

But, as he made his way back to the campsite, he was hit by a car, leaving him in a coma for five weeks, in Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre.

Sam, a stay-at-home mum, recalled: “I got back from the hospital and went back to the campsite, but Dave wasn’t in our tent.

“I woke up all his mates, but no one knew where he was. My brother, who lives in Skegness, had dropped me back after the hospital and, on the way, we’d seen a part of Wainfleet Road was closed off by police. I suddenly started panicking in case it was Dave who was hurt on the road.”

leg holiday weddingDave with Ashton, left, Bentley, right (Collect/PA Real Life)

Her intuition was right and, when a friend of Dave’s drove her to the police cordon on Wainfleet Road, she discovered the injured man was, indeed, her fiancé.

Sam recalled: “I asked officers what had happened, as I was worried about my fiancé and a policewoman said someone had been hit by a car.

“When I gave her Dave’s name, she asked me to pull over to the side of the road and confirmed it was him.”

leg holiday weddingDave and Sam, the happy couple (Collect/PA Real Life)

Devastated, Sam was driven to Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, by police, before he was swiftly transferred to the more specialised QMC in Nottingham.

There, Sam was asked to wait in the relatives’ room, where she was joined by Dave’s mum, Sherie Jones, 52, who had been informed about the crash by police.

Told Dave had broken his pelvis, punctured his lung and been put in a coma to help him breathe, two days later, in intensive care, he was forced to have a below-the-knee amputation of his left leg, followed by an above the knee amputation the next day, because of an infection.

leg holiday weddingDave managed to stand as bride Sam walked up the aisle (PA Real Life/Lynton Photography)

In an induced coma for five weeks, with Sam, their children, Bentley, three, Ashton, three, and Kristen, one, his mum and friends visiting regularly, at the end of September, Dave finally woke up.

But he had no idea what had happened to him and did not fully grasp that he had lost his leg and the use of his left arm, until he was discharged on December 23.

He recalled: “I had no idea what had happened to me. I couldn’t remember the two months before the crash and had no idea who Sam or my kids were at the start.”

leg holiday weddingDave started regular physiotherapy to get stronger (Collect/PA Real Life)

Slowly but surely, Dave, who is now housebound, regained his memory and started regular physiotherapy, to get stronger.

After meeting Sam five years ago on a night out, loved-up Dave proposed two months later at home, using his mum’s engagement ring.

And, when he came home from hospital, the couple decided to finally plan their wedding.

leg holiday weddingDave in hospital after the smash (Collect/PA Real Life)

Dave said: “I was determined I would stand, if not for all of it, then at least for some of the service.

“The driver wasn’t charged over the crash, but it has ruined my life. I’m a 28-year-old man and I can’t do anything. I said to Sam when I came out of hospital, ‘You don’t have to stay with me,’ as it’s no life for her either.

“I’m very glad she stayed, but she’s made a lot of sacrifices. She’s my full-time carer as, once a DJ, I can’t work anymore. I can’t even get upstairs, so have to sleep in the lounge.”

leg holiday weddingDave and Sam on their wedding day (PA Real Life/Lynton Photography)

But on Saturday 28 October, at Barnsley’s Holiday Inn, Dave stood, as his beautiful bride came in, flanked by five bridesmaids – her mum Lisa Auty, 40, Dave’s mum Sherie, Sam’s sister Steph, 27, her daughter Holly, seven, and Kristen.

“It’s not normal sitting in a wheelchair during your wedding, and although I couldn’t stand to say my vows, at least I stood for some of the ceremony,” said Dave.

“I was leaning on my best man James Thickett, 24, a drayman – a person who delivers beer for a brewery, and had a prosthetic leg on, but I was still standing”

leg holiday weddingChildren l-r Ashton, Kristen, Bentley (Collect/PA Real Life)

He went on: “I know I’m not the same man I was before the crash, but it was nice to feel normal for that one day.

“I had tears in my eyes, as Sam and her stepdad Martin Auty, 50, came towards me.

“I’ve lost so much of myself since the smash, so doing something normal, being a normal husband, was just amazing.”

leg holiday weddingDave in hospital after the smash (Collect/PA Real Life)

Sam insists that, despite his injuries, she has still married the man of her dreams.

She continued: “Dave isn’t a different person. He may have lost a leg, but he’s the same man he was before – kind, funny and a great dad.

“It never even crossed my mind to end things, or not go ahead with the wedding.”

leg holiday weddingDave with mum Sherie (Collect/PA Real Life)

Steve Hill, a personal injury lawyer from Slater and Gordon, is representing Dave in a civil case after the driver’s insurance company refused to fund his rehabilitation.

He said: “David is one of the bravest people I have ever met and, with additional support, I believe he could achieve so much more, which would make a huge difference to his life as well as his family.”

Confirming no charges were brought against the driver, who hit Dave, a police spokesman said: “I can confirm that there was no evidence to suggest the driver had committed any offences in this matter and the case was closed.”