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Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Man disqualified for five years after jumping red light and crashing into lorry

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A driver who ignored a red light and ploughed into a lorry has been disqualified for driving for five years.

He reached speeds nearly double the limit at around 54mph, when he drove through a red traffic light into the path of a lorry that was turning right from Hawton Lane onto Bowbridge Road.

The front of the car struck the rear offside of the articulated lorry trailer. Due to the damage sustained to the vehicle as a result of the collision he was trapped in the driver’s seat and had to be extracted by Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service.

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All three inside the car were seriously injured as a result of the collision and had to be taken to hospital.

Leigh Johnson was driving without a licence or insurance in Newark on the evening of 15 October 2019 and suffered serious brain injuries.

One passenger, a 14-year-old boy sustained a fractured jaw, which required a metal plate being fitted, bleed on the brain and a swollen ankle.

Johnson, 33, of Yew Tree Road in Retford pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He was given a two years suspended sentence at Nottingham Crown Court on Wednesday.

Investigating Officer Louise Melbourne of the Serious Collision Investigation said ” On the night of the collision Johnson risked the lives of himself, his passengers and other road users by driving dangerously along the streets of Newark.

“As police officers we see the aftermath of high speed road traffic collisions all too frequently – people seriously injured and even killed on our roads. We also witness the wider emotional impact on those injured and their families.

“A moment of madness on the roads can lead to long term physical and psychological injuries to innocent people.

“There is also the devastating impact on families of those that are injured or lose of their life as a result of road traffic collisions. It’s important that we do everything we can to prevent this.

“That’s why officers focus every day on tackling the Fatal Four offences – speeding, drink and drug driving, mobile phone use and not wearing a seatbelt.

“There is simply no excuse for this kind of behaviour and I hope the young person injured in this collision makes a full recovery from his injuries.”