‘Cow­ard’ driver fled af­ter hit­ting four-year-old

Court: Young­ster had to spend weeks in hospi­tal af­ter crash

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A man has ad­mit­ted knock­ing down a four-year-old boy and then driv­ing away from the scene. Although John Macdon­ald’s bail was con­tin­ued at In­ver­ness Sher­iff Court, Sher­iff Gor­don Fleet­wood told the 34-yearold: “Driv­ing away and leav­ing a boy ly­ing on the street may re­sult in a cus­to­dial sen­tence.”

An In­ver­ness man has ad­mit­ted knock­ing down a four-year-old boy in a res­i­den­tial street last July and then driv­ing away from the scene.

Although John Macdon­ald’s bail was con­tin­ued at In­ver­ness Sher­iff Court, Sher­iff Gor­don Fleet­wood told the 34-year-old: “Driv­ing away and leav­ing a four-year-old boy ly­ing on the street may re­sult in a cus­to­dial sen­tence.”

Macdon­ald was or­dered to re­turn to court on Novem­ber 9 to be sen­tenced and his bail was con­tin­ued.

The boy can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons.

Macdon­ald, of Glenurquhart Road, pleaded guilty to two charges. The first is that on July 18, in Spring- field Gar­dens, he drove a car with­out due care and at­ten­tion and with­out rea­son­able con­sid­er­a­tion for other road users and col­lided with a four-year-old boy, dam­ag­ing the car and se­verely in­jur­ing the boy.

The sec­ond charge was one of fail­ing to stop af­ter the ac­ci­dent and give his name and ad­dress, or iden­tify the owner and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion marks of the ve­hi­cle.

Medics have told the boy’s mother that her son will have a limp for about a year due to frac­tures sus­tained to his right leg and pelvis and the four-year-old still needs to use a wheel­chair as he can­not walk prop­erly.

His mother said: “Doc­tors are say­ing he will have a limp for about a year. I am very an­gry about this. He re­ally loved his wee bike and hope­fully he will be OK even­tu­ally. We are lucky he is so young with this type of break. But it’s the per­ma­nent scar he had on his head that is the worst part, and he also has a per­ma­nent scar un­der his nose.

“He was def­i­nitely hav­ing dreams about it be­cause he would wake up and say, ‘mum, I am fall­ing,’ so I think th­ese were small night­mares about get­ting thrown in the air.”

Yes­ter­day, as she was told of Macdon­ald’s guilty plea, the boy’s mother added: “He has ad­mit­ted he was wrong to do what he did, so fair play to him for do­ing that. But he was a bit of a cow­ard, and was ‘lik­ing’ things that peo­ple were post­ing on Face­book about what hap­pened when he was out (on bail).”

She also said that her son only had the last of his 36 stitches re­moved on Wed­nes­day, mean­ing he can fi­nally have a hair cut nearly three months af­ter he was hos­pi­talised.

He will see a sur­geon next week for an X-ray on his leg to make sure it is heal­ing prop­erly, and will be seen reg­u­larly by a phys­io­ther­a­pist.

The young­ster was in Aberdeen Royal In­fir­mary for a week af­ter the crash in mid-July be­fore be­ing trans­ferred to Raig­more Hospi­tal, and he was taken home in early Septem­ber.

“He has ad­mit­ted he was wrong to do what he did. But he was a bit of a cow­ard”

BADLY IN­JURED: The Air Am­bu­lance trans­ports the boy to hospi­tal af­ter the crash in July, and he has only just had 36 stitches re­moved

Fled: John Macdon­ald

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