A DRIVER responsible for a crash which seriously injured a woman and her young son has “ruined” his victims’ lives, a court has heard.
Matthew Harvey was behind the wheel of his Audi A1 when he struck a VW Lupo in Charminster Avenue on October 8, last year.
The Lupo then hit Natalya Boyd, who was walking on the pavement with three-year-old son Daniel.
The collision pinned Mrs Boyd and the toddler to a brick wall, with both suffering “devastating” injuries.
At Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court on February 18, Harvey, of Charminster Avenue, admitted driving without due care and attention.
Jason Spellman, prosecuting, said the defendant, 27, had pulled up at the junction of Gresham Road and Charminster Avenue at around 9am on the day of the crash.
Alice Reynolds, who was driving The Lupo had arrived on the opposite side of the crossroads moments earlier and began to turn right.
However, as it did, the Audi also pulled out and collided with the car.
“This is something the prosecution can’t explain,” Mr Spellman said.
“The Lupo must have been plain to see. The Audi collided with the front passenger door of the Lupo and as a result the Lupo veered on to the pavement and collided with the victims as they walked along Charminster Avenue,” Mr Spellman said.
Mrs Boyd suffered life-changing injuries to both of her legs, while Daniel suffered life-threatening head injuries.
A victim impact statement was read aloud to the court by Mr Spellman.
It was heard that Mrs Boyd required three operations to her legs, with at least two more planned, and has been left virtually housebound as a result of the crash.
She faces at least two more years of recovery and has been told she may never run again, the court heard.
Daniel also still has a fragment of bone in his brain and suffers nightmares, Mr Spellman said.
Reading from the statement, the prosecutor said: “I would tell the driver, you have ruined my life.
“It has completely been turned upside down and you’re lucky you haven’t killed my son.”
Malcolm Underhill, mitigating for Harvey, said the collision had happened because of a “momentary lapse of judgement”.
“[This had] devastating consequences in terms of injuries,” he said.
“This is a comparatively low velocity impact.”
He said both of the vehicles had been travelling at between five and 10 miles per hour at the time of the crash.
Harvey, who works in futures and options at JP Morgan and is a former community coach at AFC Bournemouth, has been handed six points on his licence and fines and costs totalling £376.