Teenage driver who caused life-changing injuries avoids ban
City FC legends in match for Macc Town and hospice
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
●● 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