A TEN-YEAR-old girl was left permanently disabled after suffering serious head injuries when she was knocked down by a hit-and-run driver, a jury heard.
A court heard Sabah Saleem and her two-year-old brother Rayhan were thrown around eight feet into the air after being struck by a speeding Vauxhall Astra being driven by Mohammed Khalil Anwar.
Anwar, 37, is on trial at Leeds Crown Court where he pleads not guilty to dangerous driving.
The prosecution claim Anwar was driving around 15mph above the 20mph speed limit when he struck Sabah and Rayhan outside their home on Brudenell Road, Hyde Park, Leeds, on August 18 last year.
Sophie Drake, prosecuting, said Sabah has a “significant and permanent disability” as a result of the injuries she sustained in the collision and Rayhan had managed to recover.
She said: “The defendant did not stop, having struck the children, although it must have been obvious. He just carried on without slowing down and just made a turn into the next right hand turn.”
Witnesses ran to help the children and their relatives ran out into the road and carried them inside. Miss Drake said an Astra with damage to the front of the vehicle returned to the scene around five minutes later but failed to stop.
CCTV footage of the collision and the moments before and after were played to the jury.
Miss Drake told the jury: “I should add that the defendant has accepted and pleaded guilty to failing to stop at the scene of the accident and report that accident. What the Crown say is that he did that because he knew that he had failed to stop.”
It is also claimed Anwar made arrangements to hide the vehicle following the collision. The jury was told he was helped by others in the early hours of the next morning to take the Astra to an address at the other side of the city, in Gipton.
It was then parked on a driveway and had a plastic cover put over it.
Miss Drake said: “He did that because he knew what he had done was dangerous and it was an attempt to conceal the vehicle from the police.”
She added: “In the circumstances his driving fell far below what would be expected of a careful and competent driver.”
Anwar was arrested at his home on Brudenell Mount, on August 20.
Anwar admitted being the driver but told officers he had “panicked” and then arranged to get the vehicle out of the area until he handed himself into the police.