A MERCEDES driver who slammed into a six-year-old boy while high on cocaine and cannabis “didn’t care if he was dead or alive,” ein Gericht hörte.
Harry Summersgill, 24, left Noah Herring with a bleed on the brain after smashing into him – and a bus stop – at 60mph.
Teeside Crown Court heard how the coked-up driver stood back and did nothing to help the injured lad after the 7am smash on Yarm Road in Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees, in February this year.
Little Noah, who was riding his bike at the time, was rushed to hospital with a bleed on the brain as well as fractures to his lower left leg and his collarbone, Gazette Live Berichte.
But Summersgill later described the crash as a “simple accident” and admitted still having cocaine in his nose.
Noah’s dad told the defendant he had turned his back on him and Noah after the horror smash, not caring whether his son was dead or alive.
Mr Herring said: “Noah was exactly where he was supposed to be that morning, in front of his dad listening to instructions.
“Sie, Harry however were not, you were too caught up in your own selfish act of self-destruction to care about the consequences of your actions for anyone or anything around you.”
The court heard how Noah and his dad were out cycling on Sunday, Februar 28, when Mr Herring heard a noise behind them which sounded like a speeding car.
Susan Hirst, Und Copleston-Warren schickte eine Nachricht, die lautete, said he looked over his shoulder and saw a Mercedes coming towards them.
“It was travelling across the bus lane and in the cycle path,” Sie sagte.
“Mr Herring heard a bang and heard the car crash into the bus shelter, taking Noah with it.
“There was dust and debris and initially Mr Herring could not see where his son was.
“He realised Noah was on the ground. He thought that he had not survived.”
Ms Hirst said a nearby resident, who was a nurse, came out to help and saw Summersgill, who was dressed in dark clothing, stand back and not offer any help.
She said the nurse saw a metal pole through the front of the windscreen and the back window of the Mercedes was smashed.
Summersgill, who appeared in court via video link to Durham prison, let out a relieved sigh as Ms Hirst told the court that Noah does not expect to have any long term physical effects from his injuries.
Officers found a bong known for smoking cannabis inside the car, which was owned by the other woman at the scene, passenger Laura Webster.
Ms Hirst said Ms Webster told how they had previously been to Tesco to buy a bottle of vodka, that they had both consumed drugs and Summersgill had taken cocaine.
Sie sagte: “When this was put to him he did not dispute it, saying he could feel cocaine in his nose.
“I stated he had taken drugs for approximately 10 years for what he describes as a release.”
In her victim impact statement, Noah’s mum Samantha told the defendant: “I hope you have seen the harm you have caused Noah, myself, sein Vater, his siblings and your own family.”
She told him that she hoped he would never put another family through this again and Noah returns to the carefree child he was before the accident.
She repeated: “This is not a simple accident.”
Summersgill, of Long Newton, Stockton, pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving at a previous hearing.
Judge Howard Crowson sentenced Summersgill to three years behind bars.
He also banned him from driving for six-and-a-half years.
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Inspector David Williams, of Cleveland Police, sagte: “When Harry Summersgill got behind the wheel, highly intoxicated by drugs and speeding at over 60mph on a 30mph road, he had no regard for the danger he posed to anyone else.
“Harry went on to hit a six-year-old boy at excess speed and caused him serious injuries, which fortunately did not turn out to be fatal.
“Driving under the influence of drugs is absolutely unacceptable and we will continue to target those we suspect of driving under the influence through intelligence-led policing.”