Trial begins after teenager pinned against wall by car in Atherton
4:40pm Monday 17th February 2014 in NW
A TEENAGE boy was left badly injured after a motorist allegedly lost control on a bend and pinned him against a wall, a court heard today, Monday.
Shocked witnesses ran to help the 16-year-old victim, who was screaming in pain, after the Vauxhall Vectra struck him on Bolton Road, Atherton.
His leg was badly broken with the bone protruding through and one of his big toes was amputated by the collision.
A jury heard that a motorist had been behind the Vectra, driven by Nizamuddin Patel, from Bolton town centre to the scene and had allegedly witnessed him driving dangerously - an accusation which Patel, aged 36 of Saltwood Grove, Bolton, denies.
Henry Riding, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court that Stephen Gaskell, set off from his home in Bury at 6.30am to get to work on November 22, 2012.
As he drove along Derby Street the Vectra overtook him at about 40mph in a 30mph area, which took him by surprise as it allegedly "came out of nowhere".
"It came up behind another vehicle and overtook it and went completely onto the wrong side of the road," he claimed.
Mr Gaskell saw two cars coming in the opposite direction and one moved into the nearside lane "taking evasive action". Patel pulled back into the correct lane and drove on.
Mr Riding claimed that one of those oncoming motorists later told police how he had been confronted by the Vectra and had to brake. After it passed he looked in his wing mirror and saw it had lost control on the right hand bend.
When Mr Gaskell rounded the bend he saw the Vectra had slewed sideways and had been hit by a Vauxhall Astra coming in the opposite direction. But before it had been struck by the other car the Vectra had careered onto the nearside pavement and collided with the teenage boy, claimed Mr Riding.
Patel was arrested at the scene and told police that he had been blinded by the lights of the vehicle behind him.
The case continues.