Driver spared prison after fleeing crash

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A YOUNG driver who caused a Doncaster crash by overtaking on a blind bend fled the scene when a furious motorist attacked him, a court heard.

Ross Coulthard risked causing a serious accident by crossing double white lines on the A614 at Austerfield while driving with a narrow spacesaver spare wheel on the front, which should only be used in emergencies at restricted speeds.

Fortunately no-one was injured when the 20-year-old’s Peugeot 206 collided with a Ford Focus coming in the opposite direction and he was spared a prison sentence at Doncaster Crown Court.

Coulthard, who pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and failing to stop after an accident, was ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid community work and banned from driving for two years, as well as paying £250 court costs.

He was driving from Austerfield towards Bawtry last summer and was overtaking other vehicles at speed and crossing double white lines as he approached the bend next to the junction for Newington, said Carl Fitch, prosecuting.

He got to the bend and overtook another car but was on the wrong side of the road and struck the verge before hitting a tree and bouncing back into the path of the oncoming Focus, driven a by a local man who had his 76-year-old aunt as a passenger.

The driver got out to speak to the Peugeot driver but Coulthard headed off towards Bawtry. He later handed himself in at Doncaster police station and told officers he drove away ‘because he thought he was going to be punched’.

Coulthard’s solicitor Dale Harris said one of the other motorists was ‘clearly very angry at what happened and this man grabbed hold of him and clouted him, so he did not remain at the scene’.

He accepted his driving that day was ‘crass stupidity in the extreme, completely ill-judged and if he could turn back the clock he would’.

Coulthard, of Primrose Way, Worksop, should have realised the impact of his driving because he was the victim of a hit-and-run driver which resulted in four operations on his legs, he added.

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