Drivers deny racing before young girl was knocked down in Sunderland

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Two men have appeared in court after a 10-year-old girl suffered serious injuries when she was knocked down by a car in Hendon

The girl spent weeks in hospital after she and an 11-year-old friend were hit by a vehicle on Villette Road, Hendon, at 4pm, on Friday April 3.

It is a serious case because a girl has been seriously injured and on the prosecution’s case you were racing and under the influence of alcohol

District Judge Roger Elsey

Neil Monck, 29, and Simon Perry, 28, appeared before District Judge Roger Elsey yesterday, after being summonsed to Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.

The pair, both of nearby Cairo Street, have pleaded not guilty to causing serious injury to a person under 18 by dangerous driving.

Monck entered no plea to an allegation of drink-driving, in connection with the same incident.

Prosecutor Paul Anderson said the injured girl was hit by Monck’s blue MG Rover car as he was allegedly racing Perry’s silver Vauxhall Corsa. “It is alleged that this defendant was driving one vehicle and his co-defendant was driving another vehicle,” Mr Anderson said.

“They were racing. Mr Monck lost control at a bend and collided with two girls.

“Fortunately one of them suffered only minor injuries, but the other one suffered quite serious injuries.

“This is a matter that should be heard at the crown court.” Judge Elsey told Monck: “It is a serious case because a girl has been seriously injured and on the prosecution’s case you were racing and under the influence of alcohol.

“This is too serious to be dealt with here,” he told Perry.

Monck and Perry were both released on bail to appear at Newcastle Crown Court on July 20, for a preliminary hearing.