Hit and run driver jailed for two years

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

AHIT and run driver who ploughed into a teenager - cat­a­pult­ing him across three gar­dens - has been jailed.

Kis­han Pa­tel, 24, over­took a string of cars be­fore ca­reer­ing onto the pave­ment on Park Lane, Poyn­ton and hit­ting Chris Har­rop, 18, who was walk­ing with his mum Lindsey and dog, in the ‘shared space’ road scheme area.

Chris, of Yew Tree Lane in Poyn­ton, was thrown through the air across three gar­dens be­fore he landed, Ch­ester Crown Court was told. Pa­tel sped off, with­out check­ing on the teenager, who suf­fered a punc­tured lung, bro­ken ribs, frac­tured an­kle and head in­jury.

The vic­tim’s dog Skye suf­fered a frac­tured spine.

The court heard Chris still suf­fers from mi­graines and his mum is trau­ma­tised af­ter see­ing her son thrown through the air.

There were stunned gasps in court when CCTV was played show­ing Pa­tel over­tak­ing a car, which was turn­ing right, in his BMW be­fore ca­reer­ing to­wards the teenager.

Pa­tel, of Arun­del Road, Chea­dle Hulme, sobbed as he was sent to prison for two years and eight months af­ter plead­ing guilty to fail­ing to stop and caus­ing se­ri­ous in­jury by dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

Judge Roger Dut­ton said: “A de­scrip­tion of your driv­ing will fail to ex­plain the se­ri­ous­ness of what you did when you see that CCTV footage.

“You could not fail to be hor­ri­fied by the sight of the young man be­ing hit by your ve­hi­cle and cat­a­pulted three gar­dens along so he sus­tained very se­ri­ous in­jury.

“I’m sure there may have been a time when he may not have sur­vived.

“This was de­lib­er­ate im­pa­tient driv­ing at speed in a built-up area and the con­se­quences have been dread­ful. You drove off at speed with­out a care what hap­pened to your vic­tim.”

Pros­e­cu­tor Jayne Mor­ris said Pa­tel mounted a pave­ment to un­der­take a car be­fore cross­ing raised strips in the shared space scheme to over­take two more ve­hi­cles be­fore col­lid­ing with Chris on the pave­ment.

De­fend­ing, Keith Hart­ley-Jones said Pa­tel is a val­ued mem­ber of his com­mu­nity, adding: “He ac­cepts re­spon­si­bil­ity and makes no con­ces­sions to mit­i­gate his driv­ing.”

His driv­ing ban will ex­tend to four years af­ter he leaves prison.

Chris’s mum Lindsey said af­ter the hear­ing: “It’s a re­lief and we can move on now but we hope he learns his les­son.

“Chris has last­ing scars but he’s go­ing to univer­sity and I’m very proud. We want to thank ev­ery­one who helped us af­ter the ac­ci­dent.”

●● Chris Har­rop, 18, suf­fered a punc­tured lung, bro­ken ribs and a head in­jury when he was hit by Pa­tel

●● Jailed – Kis­han Pa­tel, 24, sped off with­out stop­ping af­ter ca­reer­ing into the teenager

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