Driver made off after crashing into elderly couple’s car

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A driver who smashed into the back of an elderly couple’s car made off because he panicked after a recent baseball attack, a court heard.

Burnley magistrates were told how apprentice stonemason Kyle Snaith (20) hit the car being driven by 81-year-old John Johnson, with his wife Ruth as passenger, when the pensioner stopped at a Give Way sign in Ridge Avenue. He then sped off down Brunshaw Road while a number of people stopped and helped Mr and Mrs Johnson and noted Snaith’s number.

Mrs Johnson suffered broken ribs and whiplash in the incident on April 16th.

Snaith, who has never been in trouble before, admitted failing to stop after an accident, failing to report it and driving without due care and attention.

The defendant, of Kibble Grove, Brierfield, was fined £120, with £85 costs, a £20 victim surcharge, a £150 criminal court charge and received seven points on his licence.

Mr Trevor Grice (defending) said the defendant was recently involved in a dramatic scene in Colne Road, Burnley, where there had been a three car accident where two groups of men had been chasing each other.

Mr Grice said: “One car pulled out and hit his car sideways on and then a group of men got out of one of the vehicles and attacked the other vehicle and his vehicle with baseball bats.”