Teenage driver who caused life-chang­ing in­juries avoids ban

City FC leg­ends in match for Macc Town and hos­pice

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

ATEENAGE driver who lost con­trol and rolled his car caus­ing life-chang­ing in­juries to a young fe­male pas­sen­ger has kept his li­cence.

James Lee, 18, was driv­ing with three friends to­wards Mac­cles­field when he lost con­trol at a bend on Bux­ton Old Road and crashed into a wall be­fore the car flipped onto its roof and rolled, Mac­cles­field Mag­is­trates court heard.

Two of the teenage pas­sen­gers, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, suf­fered in­juries. One suf­fered what the court heard are ‘life chang­ing in­juries’.

Lee, of Lox­ley Close, Mac­cles­field, was fined £150 af­ter ad­mit­ting driv­ing with­out due care and at­ten­tion.

Si­mon Pover, prose­cut­ing, said: “There is noth­ing to sug­gest his driv­ing was im­paired. He ad­mits he was trav­el­ling at just over the 60mph speed limit but there’s no sug­ges­tion he was dis­tracted by a phone or any­thing.

“The road is rel­a­tively straight un­til Teggs Nose Lane where there is a slight un­du­la­tion and it goes down­hill.

“The car swerved and it all hap­pened very quickly. It lost trac­tion mo­men­tar­ily and lurched to the left then James over cor­rected swerved and hit the right side be­fore the car bounced back across the road and struck a wall. It rolled on its roof a num­ber of times.

“James had driven the road be­fore but on this oc­ca­sion it was a dif­fer­ent story.”

The dad of the girl who suf­fered life-chang­ing in­juries told the court: “This is al­most im­pos­si­ble to put into words, it’s ev­ery par­ent’s worst night­mare.”

Lee apol­o­gised to the fam­ily for the dis­tress caused in court.

He said: “I didn’t mean for the ac­ci­dent to take place.

“It’s not some­thing I would wish any­one goes through.”

Mag­is­trates gave Lee nine points on his li­cence but stopped short of ban­ning him from driv­ing.

Chair­man of the bench Vir­ginia Platt said: “This has been a tragic in­ci­dent and we un­der­stand how se­ri­ous the in­juries are.

“We could have dis­qual­i­fied you but we thought it was more im­por­tant to give you the points so you have to re­take your test.” VETERAN stars of Manch­ester City are to play in a char­ity football match for East Cheshire Hos­pice and Mac­cles­field Town FC.

The seven-aside walk­ing football event at the Moss Rose on Sun­day, April 3, will fea­ture City leg­ends Joe Cor­ri­gan, Tommy Booth, Peter Barnes, Asa Hart­ford and Alex Wil­liams, who played col­lec­tively al­most 1,400 times for the club.

Silk­men man­ager John Askey will also play in the game, which kicks off at 1pm.

The all-day event starts at 9.30am with a se­ries of ju­nior matches held be­tween lo­cal un­der seven, eight and nine teams. Ad­mis­sion is £2.50 for adults, while chil­dren un­der 16 are free.

There will be a raf­fle and an auc­tion where you can win a T-shirt signed by golfer Jamie Don­ald­son, a signed Mac­cles­field Town football shirt and a Mac­cles­field Town mas­cot ‘Away Day’ ex­pe­ri­ence.

Joe Cor­ri­gan, from Tyther­ing­ton, played 450 games for City and won nine Eng­land caps.

Tommy Booth played 382 times, Peter Barnes played for the club 123 times as well as ri­vals Manch­ester United, Asa Hart­ford played 260 times for City. Alex Wil­liams played 125 times.

‘The car swerved and it all hap­pened very quickly’

Peter Barnes (left) and Tommy Booth will take part in the walk­ing football event at the Moss Rose

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●● James Lee (above) lost con­trol at a bend on Bux­ton Old Road and crashed with three friends in the car

●● The scene of the crash on Bux­ton Old Road last Oc­to­ber

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