A boy who was out for a walk with his mother was brain damaged after a bus driver hit him in the back of the head with his side mirror as he drove past.
Kevin Facer was driving the vehicle with passengers on board and was unaware of the collision, which left the 16-year-old lying on the sidewalk with life-changing injuries.
Leicestershire Live reports that Facer, 66, who has been a bus driver for 49 years, was tracked down by police and charged with driving without due care and attention and failing to stop after an accident.
However, the failure to stop the indictment was dropped after a defense expert was prepared to testify that Faker’s explanation that he did not notice the collision was credible.
Facer from Woodville, Ashby, cried as he left Leicester Magistrates’ Court with a £ 1,500 compensation bill and seven points on his driving license.
He said between sobs to the judges: “Can I just say I was completely desperate. I’m very sorry.”
The incident happened at 5pm on February 1 this year in Drift Side, Blackfordby, also near Ashby.
The boy, who for legal reasons can not be named, was knocked to the ground with a concussion. His desperate mother called his father, who came and drove him to the hospital in Derby.
The boy said in a victim statement: “I was out for a walk with my mother when I was hit in the back of the head by the bus mirror.
“We had talked away and the next thing I remember is lying on the floor, shaking and then getting put in the car.”
He said he could not remember the drive to the hospital where he was diagnosed with a brain injury for which he is still undergoing rehabilitation.
The court heard that he had daily headaches, dizziness and balance problems due to the brain injury.
He said: “It’s scary to be told I’m having a brain injury. It’s put my life on hold.
“I used to go out and run and out to meet friends and go places with my boyfriend.
“I wish things could go back to the way things were before.”
The court heard that the boy, an A-level student, had to take five weeks off from his part-time job in a fish and chip shop and had also missed school.
His education was already affected by the coronavirus pandemic that had closed all schools at the time.
In a statement, his mother said he had transformed from a “bubbly” young man to being “withdrawn”.
She said the whole family had suffered during the incident and that it remained unclear how long her son’s problems would continue.
Ryan Hodgkins, representing Facer, urged the judges to completely disregard the previous charge of failure to stop at the scene of the accident.
He added that there was no excessive speed or aggressive driving, Facer did nothing else while driving, he was not tired and had never had his driving license approved at any time or any other form of conviction.
He said, “He did not see the person, and he should have done so if he had driven with the necessary care and attention. He told me he was sorry.”
The chair of the bench, Jasbir Mann, said she acknowledged that the incident had affected Facer and his family, as well as the young man and his family.
She said: “Mr Facer has probably been saddened by the situation.”
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