Driver smashed woman in her car down bank and through 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 YOUNG driver smashed into another car and sent it careering through a garden wall.

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.

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.

She read out a statement from the victim, who said: “I saw a white, large car approaching from behind. I could see the driver was not looking forward and looking at the front seat passenger.

“I could see that he was not slowing down and not moving out to pass my car.

“The white car then struck the rear of my car and pushed it down the embankment and through the wall of Boult Terrace.”

The court heard that Galea-Hughes was hit with 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, she said, following 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.

“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.”

Miss Turner added that Galea-Hughes had left his details at the scene, before intending to move his car, but then panicked and drove off.

Chairman Jean Brown adjourned sentencing until September 3 to obtain compensation figures.

Speaking to the Echo shortly after the accident on August 1, the 31-year-old woman – who lives in the house where the wall was damaged – said her nine-year-old daughter and seven-year-old son were about to go out and play moments before the crash happen.