Cocaine-fueled biker fleeing crash scene ran over schoolboy

A motorcyclist fleeing the scene of a collision ran over and seriously injured a 14-year-old schoolboy who was crossing the road.

Banned driver Ashley David Smith had taken cocaine an hour before the incident.

His “dangerous” actions in Strasbourg Drive, Beaumont Leys, Leicester, near Babington Academy, left the victim unconscious with fractures to his collarbone and leg.

The two collisions happened at just after 3pm on Thursday November 21 last year, as pupils were making their way home.

Abigail Joyce, prosecuting, said Smith – who had not passed a driving test and had no insurance – had minutes earlier, ignored pedestrians waiting at a zebra crossing.

The first crash

The defendant’s black Yamaha YZF R125 went on to overtake a vehicle at speed and struck the car in front – an Audi turning from Strasbourg Drive into Harris Road.

After pausing briefly, he rode off from the scene without giving his details.

The second collision

Moments later he overtook another vehicle and knocked over the 14-year-old boy.

It was witnessed by schoolchildren, including a sibling of the victim, who was extremely shocked and distressed.

Miss Joyce said: “The driver Smith overtook heard a massive bang and saw the pedestrian slightly going up in the air.”

The defendant came off his bike and as passers-by assisted the unconscious child, the defendant was surrounded by a group of schoolchildren who were berating him.

Smith told an officer at the scene: “I had some cocaine about an hour ago.”

More about courts

The prosecutor said the victim underwent an operation to have plates inserted into his leg, following a complication.

He was in a wheelchair for several weeks, before using crutches.

The teenager was still in pain and unable to take part in sports and other activities.

The 33-year-old defendant, of Billington Close, off Halifax Drive, Leicester, admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving, driving when disqualified, failing to stop after an accident and having no insurance.

The judge’s thoughts

Sentencing, Recorder Martin Butterworth said: “It should have been obvious to anyone on that road how busy it was with many people, mostly schoolchildren, trying to cross.

“You caused this boy lasting injuries.

“He had to have an operation and took a month off school – and by June this year he was still on crutches.

“He’s still suffering from pain and discomfort and has permanent cosmetic consequences and, in all likelihood, will need further surgery.”

Cocaine was an aggravating feature

The recorder said it was an aggravating feature Smith had taken cocaine which added to the substantial “risk of danger.”

He said: “You had no business being at the controls of a motorcycle at all.

“You’ve never passed a driving test.

“You previously drove a vehicle dangerously, in 2017, when you were disqualified from driving (for 18 months and could not apply for a licence) until you’d passed an extended test.

“On that occasion you also failed to stop.

“You’ve taken no steps, since then, to put yourself on the road lawfully.”

Mr Butterworth said testimonials from Smith’s loved ones, who were in court to support him, had spoken well of him.

But he added there was no alternative to immediate imprisonment.

Sarah Cornish, mitigating, said: “He accepts full culpability for his actions.

“The person before the court is a very different person to the one who committed these offences.

“He no longer takes cocaine and has been in touch with outside agencies for assistance.”

Smith, who was tearful in the dock before being sentenced, was jailed for three years and one month.

He was banned from driving for four years and five months.

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