A TAXI driver who ploughed into a trainee RAF electrician with his cab has been convicted of careless driving.
The victim, 21-year-old Nathan Brown, suffered a serious head injury in the incident and was in a coma for more than 10 days.
The prosecution at Flintshire Magistrates Court at Mold said Mr Brown had been drinking and was in the roadway at High Street, Bagillt – but that the taxi ploughed straight into him.
Taxi driver Peter Brendan Davies, 68, of Strand Crescent, Holywell, denied careless driving and said the young man had stepped out in front of him at the last minute and that he had no chance to avoid an accident.
But magistrates said witnesses had seen the young man in the road, he was there to be seen by the taxi driver but had been struck.
Davies was fined £240 with £500 costs and six penalty points were imposed on his driving licence.
Following the conviction, prosecutor John Wylde read a victim impact statement from Nathan Brown, who was not called to give evidence because he has no memory of what happened.
The crash happened on December 15 but he woke up from a coma after Christmas.
Before the collision he said he was fit and healthy and trained three times a week.
He came out of his coma between December 26 and December 28, his family started to tell him what had happened and he initially suffered post traumatic stress disorder.
Mr Brown told how when he came around he recognised his parents but struggled with other members of the family.
That seemed to have improved but he sometimes struggled to get his words out, although that had since improved.
He was initially treated at the head injury hospital at Stafford University but was then transferred in January to a RAF rehabilitation centre where he had improved.
Mr Brown said he had to learn to read and write again and had no memory for seven months before the collision or two months after it.
His short term memory had been affected and when he learned something new then he had to make notes.
Concentration and balance had improved and he had returned to his RAF unit for a trial period.
He had been unable to continue his work with the RAF initially, was off for nine months, had been unable to complete his training course but was hoping to complete it in the future.
Mr Brown said he didn’t know if he would be discharged from the RAF.
His memory had improved and Mr Wylde said that he was a young man trying his best to get on with his life and start enjoying it again.
He was trying to get back to his old self.