AN uninsured driver left a 15-year-old boy with “catastrophic” injuries after driving onto a pavement and knocking him down before leaving him for dead.
Connor Webster, 20, was locked up for two years, four months, after being told by a judge that it was “one of the worst cases the court could encounter”.
Webster had bought a Ford Ka just a day before the collision which took place on April 14 this year.
After fleeing the scene he then contacted the man who had sold him the vehicle and tried to persuade him to alter documents to change the name of the person he had sold it to.
The car had a deflated tyre at the time Webster drove at speed and lost control of the vehcile.
Michael Smith, prosecuting, said the 15-year-old victim had been walking along Silk Mill Way in north west Leeds when Webster lost control of the vehicle and struck him.
The youngster was thrown into undergrowth.
Webster’s car then hit a tree before landing on its roof. Webster got out and ran away as a couple driving in a vehicle behind stopped to help the victim.
They initially believed the teenager was dead as he did not have a pulse. Attempts were made to resuscitate him while an ambulance arrived.
The teenager suffered multiple fractures to his pelvic bone and had to spend two months in a wheelchair after the incident.
Leeds Crown Court heard the victim is still unable to run or take part in physical activities.
He has been left with scars and there are concerns for his health in the future.
Webster, of Holt Farm Close, Holt Park, handed himself in to police after the incident.
He told officers he had fled the scene in panic after fearing he had killed or seriously injured the victim.
He pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, failing to stop after an accident, having no licence and having no insurance.
Michael Walsh, mitigating, said Webster was sorry and ashamed for what he had done.
Recorder Michael Wheeler said: “The injuries he sustained can only be described as life-changing.
“This offence of causing serious injury by driving dangerously is one of the worst cases that the court could encounter.”
Webster was also banned from driving for three years, two months.