A RETIRED engineer suffered life-changing injuries while keeping his Doncaster village tidy after a ‘road rage’ incident involving another elderly driver.
Roger Goodman, aged 62, is still walking with a crutch after three operations on a broken hip caused when he fell to the ground after the confrontation at Micklebring while he was picking up litter.
The driver, Clifton Howard Paskell-Jeffrey, denied any knowledge of the accident - but has now been convicted by a judge of failing to stop after an accident, and banned from driving.
The defendant was traced by Mr Goodman’s own detective work after he was able to catch a glimpse of the registration number of the defendant’s car while he lay on the road in Greaves Sike Lane.
A week later he spotted the car parked at another house in Micklebring and informed police after confirming it belonged to Paskell-Jeffrey, a 64-year-old retired security officer.
Mr Goodman had parked on the lane to pick up some newspapers which had been dumped, when another car stopped behind to see if he could assist.
While Mr Goodman was talking to the other driver, Paskell-Jeffrey arrived in his Honda Civic and blasted his horn before directing expletives and abuse at him, the trial at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court was told.
Paskell-Jeffrey stopped his car about 10 metres further on. Mr Goodman told the court he thought the driver wanted to speak to him or apologise so he went over to the car.
“I said, ‘Is there a problem?’ at which point I got another tirade of abuse and swearing about being parked on a blind bend. I had to stoop slightly to see the driver and I put my hand on the driver’s window ledge to steady myself.
“I said, ‘There’s no need for this’ - we were in mid-conversation when he floored the accelerator. Because I was knocked off balance I couldn’t keep up and had to let go and was dragged along the ground and heard my hip crack.
“It also ripped the skin off my arm and there was blood pouring from my elbow.
“I lifted my head and got a partial number plate because he slowed down. He made sure no-one had seen him and carried on.”
Mr Goodman, who had only recently bought himself a Jaguar sports car as a retirement present, has since had three operations on his hip which culminated in a complete hip replacement.
In his defence, Paskell-Jeffrey, who has since moved to Bishopsgate Lane, Rossington, insisted Mr Goodman had grabbed hold of his ear, then his arm.
He said: “I can’t say 100 per cent he punched at me because I was that shocked, so I put it in gear and moved off. I shot off and he was still running after the car. He was berserk, he’d lost it, and I was just glad to get out.”
He said he decided not to report the incident because there was no damage to his car and he didn’t want the stress.
District Judge Jonathan Bennett said he was finding him guilty because the defendant claimed he was confronted by a ‘madman’ but didn’t report it to police, and he had no real explanation for the significant injury to Mr Goodman.
Paskell-Jeffrey denied failing to stop after the accident but was fined £400 with £500 costs and disqualified for three months.
After the verdict, Mr Goodman said: “I thought he’d get a longer ban but he’s convicted so that’s the end of the story. I will now be seeking compensation from his insurers for my injury.
“It’s had a huge impact on my life. I’ve only driven my car twice since this incident in August.”