Speeding driver caused horror injuries to Leeds woman

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A driver caused life-changing injuries to a woman after knocking her down while he was speeding and not paying attention to the road.

Dorothy Muir suffered horrific injuries after being struck by Nathan Kindon as he drove his van along Town Street, Middleton, Leeds.

Leeds Crown Court heard Kindon was travelling above the 30mph limit and would have had nine seconds to stop if he had been concentrating on the road. He failed to brake until after the collision.

Mrs Muir, who was crossing the road with her dog as she returned home from a shop, was thrown 30 metres along the road and suffered a fractured skull, broken legs and fractures to her ribs and pelvis.

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She was in intensive care for around three months after the incident, which took place on March 8 last year.

Dave Mackay, prosecuting, said it was unlikely that the 42-year-old victim would fully recover from her injuries.

Kindon was travelling in the vehicle his wife. The couple had married five days before the incident.

He stopped at the scene and contacted emergency services and appeared to be in shock.

Kindon was heard to say at the scene: “I was doing about 35 in a 30 and she came out of nowhere.”

Kindon later changed his account and tried to claim Mrs Muir had crossed the road before suddenly stepping back into the carriageway.

Collision investigators concluded that Kindon would have had nine seconds to react but failed to do so. His mobile phone was examined but it showed he had not been using it at the time.

Mr Mackay said: “The Crown do not say he was using his mobile phone but the Crown say he was doing something other than concentrating on the road.”

Kindon pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Brendan O’Leary, mitigating, said Kindon was sorry for the injuries he had caused to Mrs Muir.

The barrister said Kindon was the primary carer for his grandmother and she would have to go into a home if he was sent to custody.

He added that Kindon had been receiving treatment for depression as a result of what had happened.

Kindon was given a 16-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and told to do 250 hours unpaid work. He was disqualified from driving for two years.

Judge Sally Cahill, QC, told him: “For some nine seconds she would have been visible. Others saw her and you did not.

“There can be only one explanation for that. You were not paying attention to what you were doing.

“I think it was an appalling piece of driving.”