Driver sentenced for injuring child on pedestrian crossing


A driver who seriously injured a nine year old girl on a pedestrian crossing has been sentenced.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that the child, who can't be named for legal reasons, suffered serious life changing injuries in the incident on Walton Hall Avenue at teatime on 9 September last year.

She had been crossing correctly on a pedestrian crossing with her father and two other children.

Dawn Mallen had been using her hands-free phone in her car and driving above the speed limit as she approached the crossing and overtook the cars that had stopped.

As she hit the girl, the child was lifted into the air by the impact. She suffered a serious brain injury, broke her leg and has been left with serious scarring to her face and body.

The court heard that the child now needs around the clock care and is not expected to ever be able to live independently.

Mallen came to a halt a short distance away and the emergency services were called.

She later told police officers that she saw the pedestrians too late, panicked and braked. She pleaded guilty to Causing Serious Injury by Dangerous Driving.

At Liverpool Crown Court Mallen was given a 12 month jail term, suspended for two years. She was disqualified from driving for two years and must do an extended re-test before she can drive again.

Neil Audley, Senior Crown Prosecutor, with Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service said: "This is a shocking case where a child who had been correctly crossing the road has been left with dreadful injuries.

"Mallen had been driving while talking on her hands-free phone when she was approaching the pedestrian crossing.

"She had wrongly overtaken those vehicles which had already stopped and she didn't see the group of pedestrians who were correctly crossing until it was too late.

"She admitted her guilt at an early stage and will probably regret her actions on that dreadful day for the rest of her life.

"However, that is likely to be little comfort to those involved who will suffer the after effects for the rest of their lives."