Drunk Midlands ‘boy racer’ slammed into truck with boy, 3, in car
This is the shocking moment a car carrying a three-year-old boy ploughed into the side of a HGV – after its motorist had been racing his pals. Police have released the footage as the three drivers who were caught on CCTV racing through the streets have all been jailed. And remarkably nobody involved in the horror crash were injured.
More news from the courts Footage shared by Derbyshire Police shows Declan Webster, who went on to plough into the truck, along with brothers Michael and Robert Bower all in a pub beer garden where at one stage the force say they appeared to be testing their sobriety by touching their noses repeatedly. On leaving the pub they got into their respective vehicles – a Toyota Corolla, Range Rover and a Jaguar XE, and started racing through the streets.
Declan Webster (Image: Derbyshire Police)
But on reaching the roundabout Webster, who had a woman and a three-year-old boy in his car, smashed into a HGV.
At that point the footage also captures one of the trio leaving the parking brake off the Range Rover. DerbyshireLive reports how Webster, aged 33, who was at the front of the group, failed to negotiate a roundabout and crashed into the lorry. Amazingly he, his partner and child walked away from the collision unharmed, got into one of the brothers’ cars and fled the scene.
Katrina Wilson, prosecuting, said the three defendants had been drinking for around six hours in a pub on August 8, 2020, before getting into their respective vehicles and leaving. CCTV played in court showed two of them collide at low speed as they negotiate to leave the car park of the Red Lion in Brimington before all three cars headed out on to Brimington Road North, in Chesterfield. She said: “They appear to be racing, with Webster at the front at a recorded speed of 88mph with both Bowers behind him at up to 77mph.
“At one stage Michael Bower overtook Robert Bower and went on to the wrong side of the central reservation. “The HGV was driving around a roundabout when the defendant Webster crashed into the side of him.
The car smashed into the HGV (Image: Derbyshire Police)
“His partner and three-year-old child were in the car. “They got out of the Toyota, got into one of the other two cars and left.”
Dash cam footage from the lorry showed the Toyota smash into it at high speed. Joe Harvey, who represented both Bower brothers said: “It is difficult not to wince when one looks at that crash footage. “They can’t provide any rational explanation for their behaviour.
“It was a highly-dangerous, incredibly stupid, piece of driving which both the Bowers recognise that is was luck rather than anything else that did not end up with anyone being killed.”
The aftermath of the horror smash
All three defendants previously pleaded guilty to dangerous driving. Father-of-one Robert Bower, aged 33, of Corner Pin Close, Staveley was jailed for 14 months, with a seven months extended licence and was disqualified from driving for two years. Michael Bower, also a father-of-one, aged 28, a man of previous good character, of Hyndley Road, Bolsover was jailed for a year, with a six month extended licence and was also disqualified from driving for two years.
Webster, of West Street, Chesterfield, who has five previous convictions to his name including drink-driving, was jailed for 16 months, with an extended sentence of eight months and was disqualified from driving for three years. Representing himself at the sentencing hearing, he said: “I am grateful I did not kill my family or anyone else. “I understand it could have been a lot, lot worse.
“It was foolish, reckless, dangerous and I’m just very fortunate I have still got my little boy.”
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“You left that public house and you were racing, you were all in powerful vehicles. “When you look at the CCTV footage of the collision you can’t fail to wince. “The Toyota (being driven by Webster) spins 180 degrees and in that vehicle was a three-year-old child with his mother.
“How they managed to survive is a miracle. “I can’t think of a worse piece of dangerous driving.” Not signed up to the newsletter?
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