Uninsured driver admits to ‘lapse in concentration’

An uninsured driver from Keighley caused a pedestrian to be flung into the air when he struck him after veering across the road out of control, Bradford Crown Court heard.

Plumber Barrie Norton suffered a fractured elbow, and injuries to his head, back and a knee when he was hit by a vehicle illegally driven by Mohammed Oly Uddin, 20, of Hird Street, on October 5 last year.

Uddin took his brother’s Peugeot vehicle without permission to nip to B&Q to buy cement for a builder working on the family home, the court was told.

He lost control of the car on Cavendish Road, Keighley, while picking up a CD he dropped on the floor.

Prosecutor Allan Ambrister said last Thursday the Peugeot hit the central reservation, travelled along on two wheels and hit a bollard, dragging it along the road.

Mr Norton, caught up in the crash, was thrown up in the air by the impact and was seriously injured. The court heard he was off work for a considerable time and now suffered stress and anxiety.

Uddin was arrested at home shortly afterwards and was immediately frank with the police.

He pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity to aggravated vehicle taking, careless driving, having no insurance and failing to stop after an accident.

Uddin’s barrister, Nikki Peers, said he was a young man of good character who was very sorry for his actions that day.

He took the car to fetch more cement and left in a hurry without his glasses.

He was not speeding, but had suffered a momentary lapse of concentration.

After the accident, he was shocked and panicked.

He drove home to ask his brother’s advice and was about to call the police when officers knocked on the door.

“He has clearly learned a harsh lesson,” Miss Peers told the court.

Uddin, who had helped out in the family takeaway business by working as a driver, would have to retake his test because he had passed it only recently.

The judge, Recorder Dean Kershaw, branded it “an appalling incident.”

“The moment you hit anything, you should have stopped,” he said.

The Recorder said he accepted that Uddin was of good character and very unlikely to reoffend and sentenced him to a 12-month community order with 200 hours of unpaid work.

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