Learner driver jailed for crash in Saffron Walden which left young boy seriously injured

PUBLISHED: 08:16 24 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:21 24 May 2018

The car hit the boy and then struck a house in Gabriel Street, Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON WALDEN FIRE

The car hit the boy and then struck a house in Gabriel Street, Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON WALDEN FIRE

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A woman has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for causing a collision in Saffron Walden which left a young boy with life-changing head injuries.

While being supervised, learner driver Eleanor Cass was driving a silver Renault Megane Scenic, in Gabriel Street at around 5pm on March 15, 2017.

She stopped behind another car at T-junction. When that vehicle cleared the road, Cass pulled away and as she did the victim, a six year-old boy, started to cross the road.

Cass reacted by pressing down the accelerator, rather than the brake pedal, colliding with the victim and then a house.

The victim was taken to hospital in a critical condition and he has been left life-changing injuries.

Cass, 26, who lives in Hertford, and her two passengers were interviewed voluntarily.

Following further investigation, she was summoned to Colchester Magistrates’ Court on January 10, 2018 where she was charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

She admitted the charge at Chelmsford Crown Court on April 18 and was jailed yesterday (Wednesday, May 23) and disqualified from driving for two years.

Investigating officer Inspector Chris Higgins, from the Stanway Roads Policing Team, said: “This is a tragic case involving a learner driver who made a mistake that ended in catastrophe.

“However the law is clear. All drivers, regardless of skill and experience have the same level of responsibility to control their vehicles to a required standard to keep other road users and people in within our communities safe.

“The actions of Eleanor Cass resulted in a young life being dramatically changed forever and the sentence issued today reflects that fact.”

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