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Motorist jailed after injuring woman in Gillingham crash

Motorist jailed after injuring woman in Gillingham crash
A motorist who knowingly drove a car with defective brakes and ran over a woman walking on a pavement in Gillingham has been jailed for three years.
 
Daniel Richards carried the victim on his bonnet for around 10 metres after he swerved out of the way of an oncoming vehicle and mounted the path. 

Serious injury
 

The 34-year-old, of Selbourne Road, Gillingham, pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving and was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday 12 August.
 
The court heard that at around 10.45am on 4 May 2019 Richards was travelling in Oxford Road, which had been reduced to one lane due to parked cars.
 
As he approached a bend, he swerved onto the pavement to avoid an oncoming car that was travelling between the parked vehicles.

Fell under car
 

He then continued down the pavement and struck a woman who was walking in the middle of the path.
 
Instead of stopping, Richards drove for around 10 metres with her on his bonnet before she fell under the front of the car and was driven over. He then left her lying injured in the street.
 
Around an hour after the incident officers located his vehicle, a black Vauxhall Corsa, abandoned on a grass verge between Roseberry Road and Pier Road. It was found with damage consistent with the incident.

Wilful ignorance
 

Through speaking with witnesses at the scene, Richards was quickly identified as a suspect and, despite efforts to go into hiding, was located at a flat in Woolwich at 1.40am on 6 May. He has been remanded in custody since.

Detective Constable Martin Stevens, Kent Police’s investigating officer for the case, said: ‘There are no mitigating circumstances for the levels of wilful ignorance Richards’ displayed towards the victim, who was completely innocent and unknown to him.

‘He made a conscious decision when he set out that day to drive his vehicle knowing about its dangerous condition and he showed no remorse for the victim or her condition following the incident when he fled from the scene.

‘The victim is continuing to recover from multiple serious injuries because of his actions and I am pleased that we have secured some justice for her.’

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