Man in court after Sunderland road smash leaves teen in coma

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A MAN has appeared in court following a smash which left a 17-year-old girl in a coma.

Taxi driver David Mark Baillie was charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving, after the teenager was struck by a car near Barnes Park in Sunderland, on Tuesday.

She was airlifted to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, where she is fighting for her life, after suffering a serious head injury and multiple fractures to her arms and legs.

The 39-year-old defendant, of Magadalene Place, Sunderland, appeared in the dock at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court today.

Wearing a yellow cardigan, he spoke only to confirm his details.

Prosecutor Paul Doney told the court that the girl’s condition had been described by medics as “critical and life threatening” and she had been placed in a coma.

Baillie’s solicitor, Gerry Armstrong, said he would not be entering a plea to the charge.

Magistrates ruled that the case was so serious that it could only be dealt with at Newcastle Crown Court.

Baillie was ordered to live and sleep at his home address, report to Gillbridge police station weekly and not sit in the front seat of any motor vehicle.

A hearing will take place at crown court on October 3.

Police are still appealing for witnesses to the incident, which took place at about 5.30pm.

Anyone with information is asked to call Northumbria Police on the non-emergency number 101.