Student ran red light and knocked boy, 4, into air as sister watched in horror
A student has been spared jail after running a red light and knocking over a young boy - putting him in hospital for four days.
Sanya Nadeem, 24, received a suspended sentence following the incident in Bolton last year.
A court heard that Danielle Hayes was walking with her little brother Elliott, four, and friend Annie McGreavy on November 9.
They waited at a pedestrian crossing and, when the green man appeared, stepped into the road, reports Manchester Evening News.
But it was then that Nadeem's black BMW appeared from the left - smashing into Elliott, who was walking slightly ahead.
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Bolton crown court heard that the driver got out of her car and was heard telling emergency services on the phone: “I have been doing 30mph and hit a little boy.”
When confronted, Nadeem remained adamant that she had not driven through a red light but CCTV footage played in court confirmed that she did.
After making checks, police found that Nadeem had a valid licence and insurance, and that she was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Nadeem, who sobbed through parts of the sentencing hearing, was also “very upset and asking how Elliott was”, according to Bob Sastray, prosecution.
Elliott was rushed to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital with a fractured pelvis, a cut to his left ear and an injury to the parietal area of his skull.
He spent four days in hospital and has since made an “incredible recovery” according to his mum Nicola Jones.
In a victim impact statement, she added that since the incident, Elliott has occasional pain in his left ear and is wary about crossing roads, but his recovery is such that he won a race at this year’s school sports day.
Nadeem, from Bolton, has no previous convictions and pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving at the first opportunity.
Defending, Helena Williams told the court that Nadeem has mental health issues due to abuse growing up and has recently set up her own domestic abuse charity, called Seek Me.
Just before the incident, she had received a call from an abusive ex-partner and Ms Williams said this affected her mindset and may explain to some extent why she was distracted as she drove.
Ms Williams added that Nadeem is studying towards a masters degree in criminology and is on course for first class honours.
Judge Graeme Smith sentenced Nadeem to 16 months imprisonment, suspended for two years.
He said: “What happened on 9th November 2020 could be described as every parent’s worst nightmare and, in this case, every big sister’s worst nightmare.
“They were crossing the road perfectly properly at a designated crossing point, having waited for the lights to change.
“Danielle then had to see her little brother be hit and thrown through the air by a car which hadn’t stopped or slowed down at all.
“Nothing like that has never happened to me so I can not imagine how utterly terrifying it would have been for Danielle.
“Fortunately, Elliott has made a near complete recovery but certainly in the initial hours and days, there would have been an obvious fear.”
Judge Smith banned Nadeem from driving for two years and put seven points on her licence.
She will also have to pass an extended retest before being allowed to drive again, and complete 30 rehabilitation activity requirement days.
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