A DRIVER described as “a boy racer” overtook a lorry on the A16 Crowland bypass and caused a head-on smash, leaving three people injured and trapped in the oncoming car.
Witnesses said two cars successfully overtook the lorry – but Nicholas Fisher began his overtake when Nissan driver Norman Ingram was already level with the lorry driver’s cab.
The roof had to be cut off the Nissan to free Mr Ingram, his wife and father-in-law – Mr Ingram spent four days in hospital with a fractured kneecap, gashed leg and other injuries, and his passengers were in hospital for three days.
In a statement read out at Spalding Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, Mr Ingram said: “I think the other driver could have looked before he started to overtake the lorry and was just trying his luck.
“This foolish act has nearly killed me and also my passengers.”
Jim Clare, prosecuting, said the lorry driver described Fisher’s driving style as that of “a boy racer” and couldn’t believe he attempted the overtake.
The lorry driver said: “There was never going to be enough room.”
The court heard Fisher has no memory of the crash that happened at 7.15pm on January 7 or the few days before and spent ten days in hospital with a collapsed lung and injuries that kept him off work from his part-time job for three months.
Solicitor Daven Naghen said the university student kept up his studies and attended in a wheelchair.
He said the crash was caused by inexperience – an error of judgement – and Fisher made an unreserved apology to the people he injured.
Fisher, of Sherborne Road, Dogsthorpe, Peterborough, admitted dangerous driving. He was given a 12-month community order with 180 hours unpaid work. He was also banned from driving for a year and must pass an extended re-test before he’s allowed back on the road. There was an order for £85 costs.
Presiding magistrate John Reynolds said: “The bench has taken the view that whilst this was potentially fatal, this was a one-off event, bad judgement on a particular single occasion.”