Supercar drivers who caused £230,000 worth of damage in high-speed Sheffield smash escape jail

Two supercar drivers involved in a major crash at a Sheffield roundabout, following what witnesses called ‘racing style’ behaviour, have walked free from court.

Thursday, 16th January 2020, 2:27 pm
Updated Thursday, 16th January 2020, 4:14 pm

A red Porsche and a grey Ferrari 458 smashed into each other at the Tinsley roundabout on the evening of Sunday, May 20, 2018.

The luxury vehicles were left in a crumpled mess but the Porsche driver, Henry Hibbs, 27, of Middlefield, New Ollerton, Nottinhamshire, remarkably sustained only minor injuries, while the motorist in the Ferrari was able to flee the scene before police arrived.

The Ferrari driver, 32-year-old Carl Hartley, of Swadlincote, Derbyshire, later admitted being involved in the collision but claimed the brakes on his vehicle had failed, causing him to collide with the Porsche.

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The aftermath of a crash involving two supercars at Tinsley roundabout in Sheffield

Tests, however, showed the airbags had been deployed when the Ferrari was travelling at 68mph on the road, which has a 50mph limit, and no damage was found to the braking system.

Both men were charged with dangerous driving, which Hartley admitted. Hibbs denied the charge but was found guilty following a week-long trial in November last year.

They were sentenced yesterday, Wednesday, January 15, at Sheffield Crown Court.

Hartley was given a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for 24 months, and ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work. He was also disqualified from driving for two years, ordered to take an extended test before driving again and told to pay £1,400 in costs.

The aftermath of a crash involving two supercars at Tinsley roundabout in Sheffield

Hibbs was sentenced to 10 months in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 220 hours of unpaid work. He was also disqualified from driving for two years, ordered to take an extended test before driving again and told to pay £4,070 in costs.

Traffic officer PC Rod McEnery, who led the investigation, said that after an appeal: “Numerous witnesses came forward, all highlighting the ‘dangerous’, ‘unsafe’ and ‘racing style’ behaviour that the drivers had been showcasing across South Yorkshire. Both vehicles were captured on numerous CCTV footage at various locations.”

He added: “Vehicles racing and travelling at speed are a dangerous combination and this collision could have seriously injured the drivers and innocent road users.

“I hope Hibbs and Hartley reflect on what consequences their actions could have had.”