Learner driver who hit five-year-old boy from Saffron Walden pleads guilty to dangerous driving

PUBLISHED: 11:04 19 April 2018 | UPDATED: 11:10 19 April 2018

Chelmsford Magistrates Court.

Chelmsford Magistrates Court.

A learner driver whose car hit a five-year-old boy before hitting a wall in Gabriel Street, Saffron Walden, has pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Eleanor Cass, 26, from Hertford, admitted the offence at Chelmsford Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday, April 18) and will be sentenced at the same court on Wednesday, May 23.

The boy, Bobby Hughes, was hit by a silver Renault Megane Scenic, being driven by Cass, while out playing with friends near his home on March 15, 2017.

He suffered serious head injuries and was air-lifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital for emergency brain surgery.

Cass who had a passenger in her car, giving her a driving lesson, is understood to have seen the child in the road and tried to brake but hit the accelerator by mistake.

The road where the accident happened is a quiet suburban road, lined with modern houses mainly occupied by families.

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