A DRIVER who knocked an 86-year-old man off his mobility scooter handed himself in to police after reading about the victim’s injuries in the Wrexham Leader.
Carl Peter Lloyd, 42, of Parsonage Close, Gresford, was driving down High Street in Gresford on October 25 last year when he hit pensioner Bill Jones before speeding away from the scene through a red light.
Mr Jones suffered multiple injuries in the collision, including a two-inch gash to the head, two black eyes, bruising on the inside of his thighs and muscular damage to his arm and shoulder.
He also dealt with stomach problems for three weeks following the incident.
Mr Jones even had to buy new false teeth and glasses but felt lucky the injuries were not worse.
He said: “I am just glad I am still here to tell my story at the grand old age of 86.”
Paying tribute to the people who came to his aid on the night, Mr Jones added: “If they had not been there I don’t know how long I would have been lying there because I wouldn’t have been able to get myself up. I just want justice to be done.”
At a hearing at Wrexham Magistrates Court on Friday, February 7, Lloyd pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention, failure to stop after an accident and failure to report an accident.
Magistrates sentenced him to 18 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months.
He was also given an 18-month supervision order and banned from driving a year.
Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, told the court police received a phone call from Catherine Green reporting a car had collided with a mobility scooter.
Miss Green had been travelling down High Street when she saw a car, which she thought may have been a BMW or an Audi, come to a sudden stop.
In a statement to police, she said she saw the headlights move as if something had fallen in front of them.
Miss Green then noticed something lying in the road in front of the car, which then completed what she described as a “dangerous manouevre” and accelerated away through a red light.
A police search of the scene saw debris from the vehicle’s bumper recovered and a review of CCTV footage showed the car involved in the incident was in fact a Mercedes.
From the bumper debris, police were able to narrow down the model of vehicle involved and found 28 registered matches in the area.
Enquiries eliminated all cars except the one belonging to Lloyd, who they had been unable to track down.
Before police located him, Lloyd turned himself in at Wrexham police station.
He told officers he had seen the story about Mr Jones in the Leader and believed he might have been responsible for the collision.
Lloyd said he had been driving and was crying uncontrollably due to having split up with his long-term partner.
He felt a collision and thought he had hit something and should have stopped to check but did not.
Lloyd took his car to a garage in Oswestry for repairs, telling workers there he wanted the work done quickly and would pay cash.
He claimed the damage had been caused by swerving to avoid another car on a narrow country lane.
A statement from an employee at the garage described Lloyd as “extremely nervous”.
Police recovered the car from the garage and found the debris recovered from the incident scene was a perfect fit with the damaged bumper.
Ian Barnes, defending, said Lloyd had been having financial difficulties due to trouble finding work and this had been placing a strain on his long-term relationship.
On the evening of the collision, his partner had told him the relationship was over and Lloyd went for a drive “to clear his head”.
Mr Barnes said Lloyd did not know what to do after the collision and took an “instant decision” to leave the scene.
“Mr Jones was immediately helped by members of the public and there was no lasting impact as far as his health was concerned.” he said.
Mr Barnes added Lloyd wanted to give his “deepest apologies” to Mr Jones and said: “It will haunt him for the rest of his life.”