Warning after pedestrian loses leg in illegal street race in Bingham

Motorists have been warned of the dangers of street racing after a pedestrian had to have his leg amputated.

Driver Craig King was behind the wheel when he lost control of his car while attempting to engage in an illegal car rally.

After committing the dangerous stunt while racing around a roundabout, King’s Mini-Cooper collided with a Volkswagen Golf.

The Golf was diverted onto a ‘split island’ between the entry and exit lanes of the roundabout, where a group of car enthusiasts had gathered for the unauthorized gathering.

He went over the curb and crashed directly into one of the parked cars on the ‘split island’, trapping the leg of a 32-year-old pedestrian between two of the parked cars.

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He suffered catastrophic injuries following the collision on the A6097 at Bingham on June 3, 2018, including fractures to his neck, shoulder blade, spine and pelvis.

The man also suffered severe open fractures to his left leg and as a result had to have it amputated, a life-changing injury that he still feels more than four years later.

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He said: “I used to attend unofficial car meetups like this because I liked looking at modified cars and I enjoyed the thrill of watching the races. I hadn’t really considered the risks involved until what happened to me.

“I wish something like this hadn’t made me realize the risks, but unfortunately it happened.

“Unofficial car competitions have no rules: some people are just going to show off their modified cars, but there are also races where some people are dangerous.

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“I hope that what happened to me makes other people realize this and adhere to the planned legal events that guarantee the safety of the attendees.

“I also want to thank everyone who helped me the night of the accident, both the emergency services and members of the public who saved my life.”

King, now 40, was among a large group of car enthusiasts who had gathered to watch or participate in the races the night of the crash.

Motorists parked their cars on sidewalks around Bingham Island as the race continued around the makeshift track, and it was near one of these that the man was struck.

King, of Norwich Gardens, Bulwell, was found guilty of causing serious injury by dangerous driving on March 18, 2022, following a week-long trial at Nottingham Crown Court.

He returned to the same court for sentencing today (September 7, 2022), where he was jailed for two years and six months. He was also banned from driving for six years and three months, which means he will remain banned for five years from the time he is released from prison on a license midway through his sentence.

King was also told that he would have to pass a lengthy driving test before he would be allowed back on the roads after the disqualification period ends.

Sergeant Craig Luckett, from the Nottinghamshire Police Road Enforcement Team, said: “Running on a public road, King had absolutely no thought for his safety or that of others.

“His actions resulted in a devastating injury that will have lifelong consequences for the victim and her family.

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“Driving of this nature and blatant disregard for other road users and members of the public will never be tolerated.”

Collision investigator Louise Melbourne, from Nottinghamshire Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, added: “This was a completely preventable collision, which tragically left an innocent bystander with serious injuries that he will have to live with for the rest of his life. his life.

“Incidents like this are precisely why we put so much effort and force into trying to crack down on motorists who drive dangerously and put others in danger.

“Throughout the unauthorized gathering, the public was still using the road for routine travel, so the fact that no one else was injured was sheer luck.

“As this case has sadly shown, this type of racing is incredibly dangerous, and it only takes one mistake to put motorists and others around them at serious risk of harm.”

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