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Speeding driver who seriously injured young girl walks free from court

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A Sheffield man who ploughed into a car and left a four-year-old girl with serious injuries has walked free from court.

Danny Curtis-Reagan was late for work on Tuesday, February 4 2020 and was speeding along Brimington Road North in Chesterfield, when he ploughed into the car that the four-year-old and her mum were travelling in.

The girl and her mum needed hospital treatment and the four-year-old was left with a broken arm which required surgery.

Curtis Reagan, 21, who already had a suspended sentence for a drugs offence, admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving at an earlier hearing, DerbyshireLive reports.

At that hearing, the judge deferred sentencing on that occasion as he had wanted to give Curtis-Reagan the opportunity to stay out of trouble.

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At his sentencing hearing, held today at Derby Crown Court, the court heard that Curtis-Reagan, of Park Hill, Sheffield, had been dealing with an undisclosed family matter and was speeding in an effort to get to work on time.

It was while he was travelling along Brimington Road North in Chesterfield that he hit the car being driven by the four-year-old’s mother.

Andrew Nixon, mitigating, said: “He was getting to work and he was late. He was running late, it was just absolute stupidity and panic.”

Judge Shaun Smith said that the most concerning aspect was the speed at which Curtis-Reagan had driven.

“There were circumstances that led to you speeding on that day,” he said, “you collided with a car in which there was a young woman and her daughter.

“The injuries to them will have felt serious, but in terms of the injuries that these courts see they were not at the top of the scale, and thankfully each of them has made a full recovery.

“Equally your driving was not as dangerous as some of the types we see.”

Judge Smith remarked that there are no sentencing guidelines for causing serious injury by dangerous driving and noted that the offence was aggravated by the fact two people were injured.

However, he said that he would not send Curtis-Reagan to prison immediately due to his personal circumstances and following a report by the probation service.

“On the last occasion because of the circumstances of your driving and because you were doing so well I decided to stay my hand and see if you could behave yourself for the next six months,” he said.

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He added that Curtis-Reagan had not been in trouble since the incident and, despite losing his job through no fault of his own, had continued to pay off a loan which he owed.

Judge Smith said: “It seems to me there’s a very realistic chance of rehabilitation. I’m prepared to suspend the 15 months for a period of two years.

“I find it unjust to impose that [previous suspended] sentence bearing in mind you have completed it.”

Curtis-Reagan was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment, suspended for two years.

He was ordered to pay £750 in compensation to the girl and given a £50 fine for breaching his suspended sentence.

He was also ordered to undertake 240 hours of unpaid work and disqualified from driving for two years with the requirement of doing a re-test before he begins driving again.

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Written by: Rother Radio News


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