Car written off during Holland Market crash

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A TEENAGE back-seat passenger was knocked unconscious and suffered whiplash in an early morning high speed crash in Spalding’s Holland Market car park.

Driver Shaun Taylor (18) raced around the car park at 50mph – with passengers urging him to go faster still – but he wrote off his red Hyundai Getz when he hit a kerb and a tree on a raised island on his way out.

Spalding magistrates made an order prohibiting publication of the name of the 17-year-old passenger, who told police he was frightened by the speed.

Rebecca Ritson said the youngster told police “everything went black” after the crash but he scrambled free after seeing smoke.

Presiding magistrate Ian McDonnell told Taylor if there had been a fire, the young man in the back who lost consciousness could have burned to death.

He said: “I hope you have learned your lessons – 50mph in a car park is crazy.”

Taylor, of Church Street, Pinchbeck, was fined £90 and ordered to pay £43 costs and a £15 victim surcharge when he admitted driving without due care and attention on April 4. His licence was endorsed with five penalty points.

Solicitor Daven Naghen, mitigating, said Taylor phoned the police himself and immediately owned up. Mr Naghen said other occupants of the car were urging him to go quicker. He said: “He crashed and has learned a valuable lesson.”