Thu. Aug 18th, 2022

A truck driver was left with a shoulder and spinal cord fracture after a horrific accident on the M1 in Leicestershire, where a schoolboy in North London drove him off the road in a BMW.

He had to be cut free of the wreckage in his cab while the teenager, Cristian Pompa from Tottenham, fled the carnage in another BMW he was in convoy with.

He was arrested after his DNA was found on the airbag of his abandoned car, LeicestershireLive reports.

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The truck crashed at the end of a slip road on the M1 in Leicestershire
The truck crashed at the end of a slip road on the M1 in Leicestershire

Pompa has since turned 18 and pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm in dangerous driving at Leicester Crown Court following the crash on 5 March 2020.

He was sentenced to 16 months in custody, and is banned from driving for two years and eight months.

Prosecutor David Earl said the defendant was at the wheel of a gray BMW at 7.20am that had woven in and out of traffic with a red BMW.

A woman in a Toyota driving 65 km / h to 70 km / h was hit from behind by the schoolboy, who sent her to rush into the central reserve, write off her vehicle and cause soft tissue damage that required physiotherapy treatment.

The boy’s car then crashed in front of the front of a Volvo-heavy truck.

Mr Earl said: “The impact pushed the steering wheel out of the truck driver’s hands as the steering wheel got stuck.

“The vehicle left the lane, went down a bank and tipped to the side.”

The driver was trapped in his cab and had to be cut off by fire crews, and his injuries included three fractures to the spine, a broken right shoulder blade (shoulder blade) and injuries to soft tissue on his shoulder and back.

Mr Earl said “the pain was unbearable” and the HGV was damaged without repair.

He was off work for 11 weeks and has ongoing problems including severe headaches and is still on pain medication.

In a statement on the consequences for victims, he said he suffers from flashbacks and anxiety.

As he passed the scene a while later, where the hedge is still damaged, he saw his butt still at the roadside – which made him realize how lucky he was to survive.

Mr Earl said the truck driver was also caring for his wife suffering from MS and his injuries made it particularly difficult to care for her. She was traumatized by the incident and saw him in the hospital.

The court heard that when he was arrested, Pompa, from Park Avenue, Tottenham, London – who has 11 non-residential burglaries and four thefts on his criminal record – gave an interview with “no comment” and has never identified the driver of the red BMW whipping him away from the crash site.

Judge Robert Brown said: “You were 16 years old and had no driving license and should not have been behind the wheel of a car or driving down the M1 motorway.

“Your driving was awful, and while attempting a maneuver and squeezing between two vehicles, you caused a serious collision.

“The truck driver was trapped and had to be rescued by others on the scene, who turned off his engine because he was unable to do so.

“There are ongoing consequences for him.

“Your car stopped, but instead of going back to see how the other drivers were, you got into a car that had followed you and drove off.

“Escape from the place was completely shameful.

“I’m told you’re sorry now.”

Priya Bakshi, conciliatory, said Pompa’s family was in court and his parents appreciated how serious the violation was.

At the time, Pompa was studying for his GCSEs and passed his exams, hoping to do a mechanics course.

Miss Bakshi said Pompa was sad and had since matured and now acknowledged the mistake in his ways.

She added: “I can not say anything to apologize for what he did.

“He says, ‘I’m guilty and I was 16, saying sorry is not enough, and if I could turn the clock back in time, I would, I did not think of the consequences.

“‘I know I could have killed others and killed myself.'”

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