A lorry driver was run off the road by a teenage boy behind the wheel of a BMW.
The lorry driver had to be cut free from the wreckage, reports Leicestershire Live.
But teenager Cristian Pompa fled the scene on the M1 motorway, near Markfield, Leicestershire, in another BMW he was in convoy with on the southbound carriageway, near Junction 22.
The underage driver’s DNA was found on the blown airbag of his abandoned vehicle, and he was arrested
Pompa, who has since turned 18, pleaded guilty at Leicester Crown Court to causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
The crash took place on March 5, 2020.
David Earl, prosecuting, said the defendant was at the wheel of a grey BMW at 7.20am that had been weaving in and out of traffic with a red BMW.
A woman in a Toyota, travelling at 65mph to 70mph, was struck from behind by the schoolboy, which sent her crashing into the central reservation, writing off her vehicle and causing soft tissue injuries, requiring physiotherapy treatment.
The boy’s car crashed into the front offside of a Volvo heavy goods vehicle.
Mr Earl said: “The impact wrenched the steering wheel from the lorry driver’s hands as the steering jammed.
“The vehicle left the carriageway, went down a bank and tipped onto its side.”
The driver was trapped in his cab and had to be cut out by the fire service.
The HGV was damaged beyond repair.
The prosecutor said: “The lorry driver’s injuries included three fractures to his spine, a broken right scapula and soft tissue damage to his shoulder and back.
“The pain was excruciating.”
He was off work for 11 weeks and has ongoing issues, including severe headaches and is still on painkillers.
In a victim impact statement, he said he suffers flashbacks and anxiety.
Mr Earl also said that the incident has made it more difficult for the lorry driver to care for his wife, who suffers from MS.
The court heard that when arrested, Pompa, of Park Avenue, Tottenham, London gave a “no comment” interview.
He has never identified the driver of the red BMW who helped him flee the scene.
Sentencing, Judge Robert Brown said: “You were 16 years old and had no driving licence and should not have been behind the wheel of a car or driving down the M1 motorway.
“Your driving was appalling and, whilst attempting a manoeuvre, squeezing between two vehicles, you caused a serious collision.
“The lorry driver was trapped and had to be rescued by others at the scene, who turned off his engine because he was unable to.
“There are ongoing consequences for him.
“Your vehicle stopped but instead of going back to see how the other drivers were you got into a car that had been following you and sped off.
“Fleeing the scene was utterly shameful.
“I’m told you’re now remorseful.”
Priya Bakshi, mitigating, said Pompa was sorry and had since matured, now recognising the error of his ways.
She added: “There’s nothing I can say to excuse what he did.
“He say’s ‘I’m guilty and I was 16, to say sorry is not enough and if I could turn the clock back in time I would, I didn’t think of the consequences.
“‘I know I could have killed others and killed myself.'”
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