Teen pinned to wall as driver ‘loses control’

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A TEENAGER was left badly injured after a motorist allegedly lost control on a bend and pinned him against a wall, a court heard.

Shocked witnesses ran to help the 16-year-old at the scene in Bolton Road, Atherton, who was screaming in pain, after the Vauxhall Vectra struck him.

His leg was badly broken with the bone protruding through and one of his big toes was amputated by the collision.

A jury heard that a motorist had been behind the Vectra, driven by Nizamuddin Patel, from Bolton town centre to the scene and had allegedly witnessed him driving dangerously.

Patel, 36, of Saltwood Grove, Bolton, denies dangerous driving.

Henry Riding, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court that the accident happened on November 22, 2012.

He said that driver Stephen Gaskell set off from his home in Bury at 6.30am that day to get to work and his journey took him along the A579 through Bolton town centre towards Atherton.

As he drove along Derby Street the Vectra overtook him at about 40mph in the 30mph area, which took him by surprise as it allegedly “came out of nowhere”.

Further on he saw it overtake another vehicle but when they reached traffic lights at the junction of St Helens Road and Hulton Lane it had been halted by traffic lights. When they changed he allegedly saw it right behind another car and it overtook it and pulled away.

Mr Riding claimed that the driver again caught up with Patel stopped at the next set of lights and when they changed Patel accelerated away.

“It came up behind another vehicle and overtook it and went completely onto the wrong side of the road,” he claimed.

Mr Gaskell saw two cars coming in the opposite direction and one moved into the nearside lane “taking evasive action”. Patel pulled back into the correct lane and drove on.

Mr Riding claimed that one of those on coming motorists later told police how he had been confronted by the Vectra and had to brake.

After it passed he looked in his wing mirror and saw it had lost control on the right hand bend.

Meanwhile Mr Gaskell rounded the bend and saw the Vectra had slewed sideways and had been hit by a Vauxhall Astra coming in the opposite direction.

But before it had been struck by the other car the Vectra had careered onto the nearside pavement and collided with the teenaged boy pedestrian, claimed Mr Riding.

A woman who rushed to help thought initially he had a false leg before realising it was his bone protruding through his leg.

Patel was arrested at the scene and told police that he had been blinded by the lights of the vehicle behind him.