A driver who was 19 at the time of the accident, where another motorists suffered serious internal injuries, has been acquitted of dangerous driving.
Max Schroeder, who is now 21, was driving in bad weather conditions when he came off a junction and into a petrol station too fast.
Schroeder collided with a Ford Fiesta parked at one of the petrol pumps, which in turn smashed into a woman, pinning her under the wheels.
The woman, Mrs Lisa Peppin had been walking to the petrol station to pay for her fuel.
Petrol staton staff and members of the public rushed to Mrs Peppin’s aid and used a plank of wood and a tyre iron to create a makeshift lever to get her from under the car.
Schroeder was 19 at the time of the accident and had passed his driving test 16 months before the accident took place.
He denied causing serious injury by dangerous driving but admitted careless driving at an earlier court hearing.
In giving evidence before the court Schroeder said: “When I came to slow down, I suddenly realised how short the exit road of the A38 was and didn’t break hard enough.
“When I realised how short it was, I slammed on the brakes and tried to drive around the parked cars but couldn’t steer it and collided with one of the parked car.”
The court and jury were also shown CCTV footage of the incident.
In summing up to the jury, the presiding Judge stated: “It was clear that the weather on the way was atrocious and that driving was difficult. He had never driven this car before.
“With one of the passengers in the car, he had agreed that they would swap drivers at the next opportunity. That was the reason that he had pulled into the service station.”
The jury acquitted Schroeder of causing serious injury through dangerous driving and he remained to be sentenced for the previously admitted matter of careless driving.
In sentencing, Schroeder was fined £1,000 and his driving licence was endorsed with 8 penalty points.
Schroeder fell under the new driver provisions and his driving licence was revoked.
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