Motorist sentenced for dangerous driving

The damaged Peugeot 206 driven by Smalley
The damaged Peugeot 206 driven by Smalley

A MOTORIST at the wheel of a car which collided with a parked car, seriously injuring three of his passengers, has been sentenced for dangerous driving.

Ross John Smalley, 21, of Shelby Road, Worthing, was at the wheel of a Peugeot 206 that collided with a parked Mercedes-Benz A10 in Alinora Avenue, in Goring, on April 15.

Smalley was convicted of causing serious injury by dangerous driving at Chichester Crown Court in November and at the same court on Tuesday he was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years.

He was also required to carry out 150 hours unpaid work, ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge, and was disqualified from driving for two years after which he will have to pass another driving test before being allowed to drive again.

Three teenage girls who were rear seat passengers in the Peugeot were seriously injured, with one taken to hospital in an air ambulance. Smalley and a 20-year-old man in the front passenger seat were slightly injured.

Sergeant Alan Spicer, of the Surrey and Sussex Road Policing Unit, said: “Three young girls sustained serious injuries including broken ribs, a fractured skull and broken pelvis’s. One of the girls was lucky to have survived. The defendant sustained a minor injury.

“This incident is once again a reminder that driving like an idiot on the road has devastating lifelong consequences.”