Sunderland teenage hit-and-run driver left teacher lying in road – just days after passing his test

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A TEENAGER who knocked over a runner just days after passing his test, drove off from the scene – leaving his victim lying in the road.

Syed Miah hit teacher Victoria Booth as she was crossing the road with two friends who she had been out running with.

The 18-year-old sped off after the crash, but handed himself in the next day.

Miah, of Otto Terrace, Thornhill, pleaded guilty to failing to stop after an accident when he appeared at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard his Seat Ibiza struck the woman at the Durham Road, and Thornhill Road junction of the A690.

Janice Bellamy, prosecuting, said: “At 7.45pm they were heading back towards Barnes. She waited for a white car to pass, she checked for traffic and crossed the road.

“She felt something hard hit her and immediately fell to the ground. It was only when she looked up that she realised a car had hit her.

“She tried to get up, but felt sick. Her knees were scuffed and she felt pain to her body.”

Ms Bellamy told magistrates that Miah stopped further up the road, but drove off a few seconds later. After handing himself in the following day, Miah – an information technology student – told police he was frightened and had panicked.

The court heard that he told police he was sorry and would like to apologise to his victim.

Christopher Brown, defending, said: “He looked out of the rear view mirror and saw the person was on the ground.

“Shortly after, he saw the person getting up and he drove off.

“He then spoke to his family and they told him to go to the police station.

“He passed his driving test only the week before and was a new driver, very much so.

Mr Brown added: “He tried make amends by going to the police station. He is 18 years old, lives with his family and has never been in trouble before.”

Miah had five points added to his licence and was fined £65.

He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.