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Carlisle driver sentenced after woman hurt on zebra crossing

Carlisle Magistrates Court

A Carlisle driver has been told “his stupidity” caused a woman to suffer life changing injuries.

Kyle Bird, 21, of Newcastle Street, Carlisle appeared before North and West Cumbria Magistrates Court in Carlisle.

Bird pleaded guilty on May 1, to driving without due care and attention and having no insurance, he appeared in court today (THURS) for sentencing.

The court was told that on the evening of October 1, last year (2018) he was driving a Vauxhall Corsa along Petteril Bank Road, in Harraby, the police prosecutor told the court there is a zebra crossing on that road near to the shops, a 51-year-old woman was walking across when Bird drove into her on the crossing.

The court was told the conditions at the time, it was raining and dark.

The Magistrates were told the victim gave a written statement to the court explaining the injuries she suffered, a serious skull fracture, she lost some teeth, her pelvis was injured and she still has headaches and buzzing, also her vision is impaired.

She had hoped to receive promotion at work, this will not be possible now, she suffers from depression and when she goes out she has to be accompanied by someone.

The woman was not named in court, “but stated she is happy to be alive“.

Kyle Bird was asked if he wished to say anything to the court, “he said he was sorry for the woman”.

On passing sentence the presiding magistrate commented, the victims life has changed dramatically, with serious ramifications because of your “stupid actions” when you get behind the wheel of a car you will have to think seriously about your driving, this serious accident and injuries caused will be on your conscience for a long time.

Bird was disqualified from driving for 56-days, fined in totality £323 with court costs of £85 and a victims surcharge of £32, his licence will also be endorsed for having no-insurance.

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