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We have today, Friday 1st July, issued CCTV footage as a warning to all road users of the moments leading up to a road traffic collision which left a teenager with life changing injuries.
Dylan Lunt was just 15 years old when he was struck by a car being driven by Robert Titterington as he crossed the St Helens Linkway on 29th January 2020.
Titterington and the driver of a second car, Pamela McAdam, had both driven through a red traffic light just moments before Dylan was hit.
Liverpool Crown Court was told that Titterington had driven through the red lights on St Helens Link Way, a road governed by a 40 miles per hour speed limit, at between 64 and 66 miles per hour. He braked after spotting Dylan crossing the road but was still estimated to be travelling around 34mph when the collision occurred.
McAdam drove through the red light at a speed between 52 and 53 miles per hour and if she had stopped for the traffic light Dylan may have been able to step out of the way of Titterington’s car.
Both drivers were charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving and pleaded guilty.
At court Titterington, now aged 23 and of Foxglove Avenue in Halewood was jailed for 14 months and disqualified from driving for three years and seven months.
McAdam, 41, of Burnsall Drive, Widnes, was given a six month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months and ordered to complete 20 rehabilitation activity days with the Probation Service and was disqualified from driving for two years.
Detective Sergeant Andy Roper, from Merseyside Police’s Matrix Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “ This blatant disregard for the absolute need to follow the traffic regulations has resulted in an avoidable collision that has changed Dylan’s life for ever.
"Dylan, who is now 18, is still suffering long term health problems which has had huge effect on his family.
“To drive through a clear red light at a speed far in excess of the posted speed limit was reckless to say the least and was gambling with the lives of pedestrians and other road users. Both drivers involved should reflect on the devastating consequences of their actions on that day.
“There are no excuses for this type of driver behaviour and Merseyside Police is committed to reducing the numbers of collisions on our region's roads.
“I hope that the court case will serve as a warning to other road users to never take risks whilst driving. Pay attention at all times, adhere to the laws of the road and drive with care and consideration for other people.”