Hit and run driver ‘needed the toilet’ court hears

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A speeding hit-and-run driver knocked down a pedestrian and left him with serious brain injuries because he was desperate to go to the toilet, a court heard.

Martyn Jones, whose four-year-old son was with him in the car, left taxi driver Tekie Yamani with fractured ribs and memory loss after ploughing into him.

Jones, 40, had soiled himself and was being chased by two officers in a police van, who had noticed his erratic driving as he left a nearby McDonald’s restaurant.

He drove at 60mph, twice the legal limit, and was seen overtaking a bus, before crashing into the father-of-three.

His victim, 37-year-old Mr Yamani, originally from Eritrea, was walking to a shop to buy a phone card when he was hit by the car, at around midday on July 18.

Jones claimed to police he was unaware that he had hit a person, instead thinking someone had hit his car with a metal bar in an attempted carjacking.

But he drove his blue Vauxhall Astra to a friend’s house in Leigh and asked him to keep the vehicle, with the damaged windscreen covered up.

A witness who was driving the bus Jones sped past said it was the worst driving he had seen in his career.

Mr Yamani suffered a serious brain injury and post-traumatic amnesia.

He said he had memory loss and felt like he had been in a coma for the three weeks after the accident.

CCTV footage which captured the horrifying moment Mr Yamani was struck was played to the court.

Katy Appleton, defending, told Bolton Crown Court that Jones had been diagnosed with a bowel condition and had a colostomy bag.

Jones, from Leigh, Greater Manc., pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving and failing to stop and was jailed for three years on Monday.

The court heard he had 17 previous convictions.