15-year-old girl hit by car driven by man high on drugs in Mansfield Woodhouse

COURT: Court Case
COURT: Court Case

A 15-year-old girl was hit by a car driven by a man high on drugs while she walked with her parents through Mansfield Woodhouse.

Matthew Martin, 26, of Westfield Road, Killamarsh, pleaded guilty to driving whilst unfit through drugs and failing to surrender to police on March 13.

Donna Fawcett, prosecuting, told the court Martin had been driving along Warsop Road on January 16 when his Hyundai Accent mounted the kerb and hit the girl.

Miss Fawcett said: “She said she was walking with her mum and step-dad on the inside of the pavement. She became aware of a car that had just turned into the road.

“She said - ‘By the time I looked up I saw a bumper.’”

The impact damaged ligaments in her leg and caused ‘extreme pain.’

Melanie Hoffman, mitigating, said: “He is fully cooperative and extremely remorseful.

“He tells me that he doesn’t remember the events in question but he doesn’t dispute what is alleged.

“He had been using drugs.”

The court heard he tested positive for THC, found in cannabis, and other drugs.

District Judge Jonathan Taaffe said the drugs were ‘taken in combination which would have made him unfit to drive.’

Ms Hoffman said Martin had been feeling ‘self-destructive’ after the suicide of one friend and the death of another.

She said he missed an appointment at Mansfield Police Station on March 13 because he had ‘been unable to cope with the circumstances he found himself in.’

District Judge Taaffe said: “I appreciate you are a man without previous convictions and the fact that you have had tragedy in your life and you have struggled to cope.

“It is only by the grace of God that you’re standing here today and this girl was not killed.”

He gave Martin ten weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, and disqualified him for two years.