Boy, 8, had surgery after driver crashed into car in Leeds

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An eight-year-old boy had to have surgery after he was seriously injured when a driver crashed into his father’s car while overtaking a bus.

Leeds Crown Court heard Gary Dale was driving “aggressively” because he was annoyed about something that happened at work.

One witness described him flying past his car in Church Lane, Micklefield, on February 18, Simon Haring prosecuting told the court.


Bobby Robinson was one of three children in the back seat of his father’s car travelling from Garforth towards Micklefield when Dale’s car came straight for them.

His father had to break the driver’s window to climb out of the car and discovered Bobby was unconscious. The youngster had a tear in his intestine and had surgery to remove a piece of his bowel.

When Dale was interviewed he said he had finished work and was not happy about something said to him and had left in a temper and decided to “go for it”. He said his decision to overtake was “just a bad call.”

Inquiries revealed he was not insured to drive his car at that time. He said he was dyslexic and his ex- wife sorted out his insurance and he thought it was still covered.

Shila Whitehead representing Dale said he worked as a driver and had now lost that career as a result of his actions. Dale, 53, of Marshall Street, Crossgates, admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving without insurance. He was given an eight month prison sentence suspended for two years with 100 hours unpaid work and disqualified from driving for two years.

Judge Geoffrey Marson QC said: “On this particular day you were in a bad mood because of problems that occurred at work and because of that you drove aggressively and dangerously.”

The judge said he accepted Dale was genuinely remorseful.