Banned driver spared jail after crash


A woman suffered life changing injuries after a disqualified driver crashed into her car as she was waiting to pull away from the post off in Langho.

Blackburn magistrates heard the woman looked in her mirror and said; “No, no” as she saw the car driven by Mohammed Saif Maqsood heading straight at her.

Maqsood (22), of Roney Street, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and without due care, taking a vehicle without consent aggravated by injury to a third party and obstructing a police officer.

He was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison suspended for two years, banned from driving for two years with a requirement he takes a re-test, ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £165 costs.

Miss Catherine Allan (prosecuting) said Marie Wilson had just posted a letter and got back into her car.

“She looked in her mirror and saw another car coming towards her at speed,” said Miss Allan. “She grabbed the steering wheel and shouted ‘No, no’ just before the other car hit her.”

Miss Allan said Mrs Wilson suffered a significant injury to her shoulder which had required several operations.

“Three months after the incident she is still unable to drive, has not been able to work and actually struggles to dress herself,” said Miss Allan.

“She is unable to independently care for her two children, and her husband, who is self-employed, has had to take time off work to help her.”

Miss Allan said Maqsood exchanged false details with Mrs Wilson and it was only when police got a call from Maqsood’s mother saying it was her car that they realised he was actually responsibly.

Mr Peter King (defending) said his client had been changing the channel on the radio when he hit the other car.

“He bitterly regrets what has happened and the consequences for this lady,” said Mr King.