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Careless driver hits schoolgirl at crossing

A DRIVER who ran over a schoolgirl at a zebra crossing near Solihull town centre has received just four penalty points and a fine.

A DRIVER who ran over a schoolgirl at a zebra crossing near Solihull town centre has received just four penalty points and a fine.

Shahzad Asim Yousaf, of Churchill Road, Birmingham, admitted driving without due care and attention at Solihull Magistrates Court on Thursday (May 3).

John McCann, prosecuting, said the 25 year-old had been driving his Volvo S60 saloon car along Monkspath Hall Road on December 30 last year, when he got stuck in traffic.

“The two cars in front of him had stopped and he undertook the stationary vehicles just as the schoolgirl was crossing the road at a zebra crossing,” he said.

The court heard that the victim sustained “no life changing injuries” but had suffered cuts and bruises and was very shaken up.

Mr McCann said that Yousaf had only been going at 10mph when he hit the girl and had called the ambulance and police himself, remaining with the victim until they arrived,

“Officers described him as being very shaken,” Mr McCann added.

Mohammed Sarwar, defending, said Yousaf, an IT support engineer, had only undertaken the cars because he believed they were waiting to turn right at the approaching island while he was going straight on.

“He was unable to see the girl crossing and when he did see her he braked but it was too late,” added Mr Sarwar.

“The incident took place at low speed and he is a relatively inexperienced driver.

“He didn’t run away, to his credit, and was visibly very upset and shaken.” Yousaf received four penalty points on his licence and was ordered to pay £205 in fines and costs.

 

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