A Bournemouth man, who admitted charges of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and failing to stop after a road accident, has been sent to jail.
Christopher Hughes, 30 of Morley Road, was sentenced to 27 months in prison and disqualified from driving for a period of six years and six months at Bournemouth Crown Court on Friday 8 July.
At around 7pm on Monday 10 May 2021 a man and woman in their 20s were walking along the pavement of East Overcliff Drive when a BMW 1 Series being driven by the defendant and a Volkswagen Passat were involved in a collision, before the BMW then collided with the two pedestrians.
Witnesses described the BMW travelling at speeds of between 40mph and 45mph, above the 30mph speed limit, and apparently attempting to overtake three vehicles prior to the collision.
The BMW was reported to have driven off from the scene. Hughes attended Bournemouth police station the following day and was arrested in connection with the incident.
The woman sustained serious injuries, including to her spine, head and liver, that required multiple surgeries. The male pedestrian suffered minor injuries.
At the sentencing hearing, the judge also ordered that Hughes pay £10,000 in compensation to his female victim.
A local woman aged in her 20s was also arrested on suspicion of driving offences following the incident and released under investigation. She was subsequently released from the investigation and faced no further police action.
Sergeant Mark Scammell, of the traffic unit, said: “Christopher Hughes drove at excessive speed and carried out a dangerous manoeuvre, which resulted in a woman sustaining significant injuries.
“This case serves as another reminder of the devastating consequences that can follow if you fail to drive responsibly and, while the injuries his victim suffered were serious, it is just fortunate that Hughes’ reckless actions did not have fatal consequences.
“I would urge anyone getting behind the wheel to ensure they drive carefully, considerately and within speed limits at all times and, as this case demonstrates, we will take action against those who pose a risk to others by failing to adhere to these standards.”
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