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Cocaine-fuelled driver left badly injured grandad and his dying dog lying by roadside

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A COCAINE-fuelled driver ploughed into a grandad and his dog then simply walked away despite the pensioner’s pleas for help.

Michael Sloan and his pet Harry were thrown six metres along a grass verge while out for an early morning walk after David Dove lost control of his Rover 75.

Newcastle Crown Court heard as the 66-year-old and his dog lay badly injured, “callous and cold blooded” Dove asked “what do you want” and then shunned the grandad’s request for an ambulance and a vet, despite promising to get help.

Harry was killed in the collision and Mr Sloan, who suffered a broken collar bone and knee and spent six days in hospital, said his life has been shattered by what happened that morning.

Mr Sloan said in his victim statement he can no longer get around as easily and cannot now see his grandchildren as much.

He branded dad-of-two Dove “selfish, stupid and irresponsible”.

Mr Sloan said: “What will stay with me for the rest of my life is the driver’s face as he stood over me with that cold, callous look.

“I see his face every time I close my eyes. I will never forget the face as long as I live. I close my eyes and there it is, destroying my life.

“The incident has crushed me, I was out walking my dog, minding my own business. The driver looked me straight in the face and knocked me down.

“He walked away, for all he knew leaving me to die at the side of the road.

“It is difficult to come to terms with the fact someone could be so cold blooded.”

Newcastle Crown Court heard Dove had been taking cocaine and diazepam at a party the night before the crash on November 4. He was heard revving the engine of his car near the riverside at Sunderland before taking off at speed and losing control in the icy conditions last November.

Mr Sloan told police he “froze” when he realised the vehicle was heading straight for him. Dove, 31, of Hartford Road, Hylton Lane Estate, Sunderland, admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving, making a false statement to get insurance, failing to stop after an accident, failing to report an accident and driving while unfit through drugs.

Alec Burns, defending, said Dove has no recollection of what happened that morning. He added: “He can’t believe how callous he was to Mr Sloan, he doesn’t understand that at all.”

Judge Simon Hickey jailed Dove for 18 months and banned him from the roads for three years.

The judge said: “While Mr Sloan was lying there in some pain and distress and asked for assistance such as a vet for his dog and a doctor for himself, you promised you would help and did not do so then left the scene.

“It is appalling behaviour.

“As one human being to another, he asked for assistance and did not get it.

“He was shocked by your attitude and behaviour. Unfortunately, he lost his companion Harry the dog as well.”

 
 
 

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