Banned driver fleeing police struck pedestrian in Leeds horror crash

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A BANNED driver who was on bail and trying to flee police in a high speed chase left a woman pedestrian with life changing injuries after a horror crash in Beeston.

Daniel Anderson, 24, ran red lights and drove on the wrong side of the road before losing control of the Fiat Punto he was driving, Leeds Crown Court heard.

The car mounted the kerb and demolished the front of takeaway shop Grill and Chill on Dewsbury Road before bouncing back on to the pavement and striking 35-year-old pedestrian Syeda Bushra Ali.

The collision, which was captured on police car cameras, happened on May 19 last year at around 6.30pm - just seconds after two children had cycled along the pavement in front of the takeaway shop.

Syeda Bushra Ali suffered a catalogue of injuries including an fractured skull, pelvis, jaw, left eye socket, and rib.

She spent five weeks in hospital and has permanently lost partial sight in her left eye.

The court heard she is still undergoing regular physiotherapy, has to use crutches and has had to give up studying to be a fashion designer due to her injuries.

Reading Syeda Bushra Ali’s victim impact statement to the court, prosecutor Stephanie Hancock said:: “I’m no longer the person I was. I’ve lost my education and my career prospects.

“I have lost me. I now have to depend on other people all of the time. I’m not sure I will ever get me back. I want to, but it will be a long and slow process.”

Anderson, of Cross, Flatts Street, Beeston, was jailed for three-years-and-eight-months and banned from driving for five years

The court heard Anderson had previously been banned from driving for 12 months by magistrates at Leeds on September 13 2013.

On March 29 last year, Anderson tried to flee police when he was spotted driving a Ford Fiesta on Middleton Park Avenue.

Anderson drove dangerously on the wrong side of the road during that police pursuit, before crashing into a traffic island at speed on Long Thorpe Lane.

He was arrested and released on police bail following the chase.

Mitigating, Catherine Duffy said: “It is an offence that has had genuine life-changing consequences. he is genuinely remorseful about the impact of his actions. He himself suffered long term injuries - a fractured hip and he will be on crutches for two years.”

After Anderson had crashed the Fiat Punto on Dewsbury Road, police recovered a 5.77 gramme bag of cannabis from the car along with a set of weighing scales.

Anderson admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving, two charges of driving whilst disqualified and possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

Jailing Anderson, Judge Geoffrey Marson QC told him his actions had caused “devastating” injuries, adding: “There was almost an inevitability that someone was going to be either seriously injured or killed.

“You were moving at gross, excessive speeds in residential areas at a fairly busy time when people were on the road and on the footpath.”