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Driver who hit women on zebra crossing in West Malling jailed for over five years

Contributed by editor on Oct 16, 2020 - 07:00 AM

 

A disqualified driver who collided with three women on a zebra crossing in West Malling and then drove away without stopping, has been jailed for more than five years.



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During the afternoon of 11 March 2020, Abie Ianson of Lunsford Lane, Larkfield took a Ford Fiesta without the owner’s consent.

At around 4.10pm, he was driving in High Street, West Malling where three women were standing at a zebra crossing.

A car stopped to allow them to cross, however Ianson, who was travelling from the opposite direction, swerved to avoid a parking car and continued over the crossing hitting the three women.

All were knocked to the ground and he sped from the scene without stopping. Two of the women suffered life changing injuries.

Ianson abandoned the car in Twisden Road, East Malling. When the car was later recovered by police officers, they found his mobile phone inside.

The 24-year-old was arrested on 19 March and later charged with two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance. He was also charged with two counts of theft.

Ianson pleaded guilty at Maidstone Crown Court and on Wednesday 14 October was sentenced to five years and one month in prison. He was also disqualified for six years and 11 months.

Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Andrew Burgess said: ‘This man’s actions were truly appalling and he has left two women with very serious injuries.

‘He showed no regard for the safety of other road users and leaving the scene of the collision without stopping to assist the casualties was unforgiveable.

‘A prison sentence and a lengthy disqualification from driving is entirely appropriate.’

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