Surfleet driver (20) has suicidal thoughts since causing head-on collision

Court news
Court news

A driver overtook a bus when it was unsafe to do so and caused a head-on smash, seriously injuring two women in an oncoming car.

BMW driver Kirsty Deamer suffered a broken leg – with tibia and fibula bones fractured – along with cuts and bruising, and passenger Karen Symonds sustained a shattered kneecap and bruising to the stomach and chest.

Vauxhall Astra driver Connor Moore (20), of Surfleet Road, Surfleet, appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday for sentence.

He had pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to causing serious injury to the two women by driving dangerously on London Road, Boston, on April 3.

He was given a 12-week jail term, suspended for a year, along with 150 hours’ unpaid work as part of a community order.

Moore was banned from driving for two years and will not be able to drive again with a full licence until he passes an extended driving test.

Magistrates also ordered him to pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.

Presiding magistrate Ann Harrison told Moore: “Because of the injuries we do feel that the custody threshold has been passed.”

Mrs Harrison said the court was prepared to suspend the sentence because of his early guilty plea and “the remorse shown”.

The court heard compensation for the injured women would be dealt with by insurance companies.

Prosecutor Nick Todd said the collision happened just before 6pm when Moore overtook a bus “when it was clearly unsafe” to do so and “it was a dangerous manoeuvre” because there was a BMW 118 Series vehicle coming towards him on the other side of the road.

Mr Todd said there was no way Moore could have seen sufficiently far into the distance and 
described his action as “an instant decision that turned out to be the wrong decision”.

Solicitor Andrew Goldsborough, mitigating, said Moore no longer feels confident in his ability to drive and is having recurring dreams and suicidal thoughts because of the crash.

He said Moore, who injured his knee in the crash, had been given medication for his anxiety by his GP.