Fine for hit-and-run driver who smashed woman’s car through a garden wall

CRASH SCENE: The Suzuki Swift which careered into a wall in Boult Terrace, Shiney Row, following a collision with another car.
CRASH SCENE: The Suzuki Swift which careered into a wall in Boult Terrace, Shiney Row, following a collision with another car.
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A DRIVER who sent another car careering through a garden wall has been fined.

Jake Galea-Hughes rammed into the Suzuki Swift, pushing it down an embankment and through the brick wall.

Two women – the driver and her friend – were treated at the scene by paramedics.

Galea-Hughes got out of his car to check on the women, but then panicked and fled, Sunderland magistrates were told.

The 20-year-old was arrested by police later the same day.

Galea-Hughes, of Whitefield Cottages, Penshaw, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention and leaving the scene of an accident, when he appeared before magistrates in August.

He was back before magistrates for sentencing this month where his licence was endorsed with five penalty points.

He was also ordered to pay a £175 fine, £85 court costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

At the initial hearing, Jeanette Smith, prosecuting, said the collision took place when the black Swift was trying to pull on to a grass verge outside a house in Boult Terrace shortly before 4pm.

The court heard that Galea-Hughes was given a six-month driving ban in 2011 after he picked up six points within two years of passing his driving test.

Emma Turner, defending, said Galea-Hughes, a car manufacturer’s apprentice, was driving to meet his girlfriend after a row.

He had realised too late that the Swift driver had stopped.

“He fully accepts that due to a momentary lapse of concentration, he was not able to stop,” she said at that hearing.

“He was not able to move out into the road because there was a bus parked there.

“He accepts that had he been paying more attention, he could have stopped and avoided this accident.”