A driver who mounted a pavement and slammed into a bunch of vacationers in Fife has been spared jail.
“Impatient” tree surgeon Edward Kolakovic sped off down Market Avenue in St Andrews after being held up by automobiles parking on both aspect and a lorry being unloaded.
He then tried to show proper however misplaced management of his Volkswagen Golf – with the again finish swinging out as he tried to activate the damp cobbles.
The automobile then regained grip because it acquired on to the floor of Church Avenue – inflicting it to spear throughout the highway and up on to the pavement.
There he ploughed into 4 Chinese language vacationers, critically injuring two of them, earlier than smashing right into a shopfront.
The incident occurred on 12 January final yr.
One of many group suffered “advanced” fractures to his toes and ankles that required surgical procedure earlier than he might fly house.
One other suffered a cracked bone in his foot and a fractured toe.
Kolakovic initially instructed police he had thought one of many victims “had a foot on the highway” and that he had reacted to that – although they have been on the alternative aspect of the highway from the place he was making an attempt to drive.
A sheriff instructed the 33-year-old his driving was “that of a boy racer”, including: “You’re too previous to be a boy racer.”
A court was proven horror CCTV footage of the second of affect – with the streets busy with pedestrians as Kolakovic accelerated shortly away from a blockage in Market Avenue attributable to different site visitors.
Fiscal depute Chris McIntosh instructed Dundee Sheriff Court docket that the CCTV proved the crash had nothing to do with the accused making an attempt to take evasive motion.
He mentioned: “The incident occurred round 11.45am when the 4 people have been strolling on Church Avenue on the west pavement.
“The accused was driving in Market Avenue and his progress was impeded by a lorry unloading and automobiles parking.
“He accelerated shortly alongside Market Avenue and as he tried to show proper he misplaced management, mounting the west pavement and colliding with the 4 witnesses.
“The accused acquired out to verify on the welfare of the 4 witnesses and police attended.
“The 4 injured events have been taken to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee by ambulance.”
Kolakovic, of Kinaldy Farm, St Andrews, pleaded responsible on indictment to a cost of inflicting severe harm by harmful driving.
Defence solicitor Katrina Clark mentioned: “He does categorical honest sorrow for the accident which triggered important harm to those people going about their every day enterprise.
“He’s sorry for what occurred and there’s deep remorse on his half.
“He is aware of it’s a very severe matter and custody might be thought of, and he comes prepared for that.”
Sheriff Alastair Brown imposed a group payback order with 200 hours unpaid work whereas additionally banning Kolakovic from driving for 2 years.
He mentioned: “It could be a good abstract to say that the impression I used to be left with was your driving was that of a boy racer. You’re too previous to be a boy racer.
“You misplaced management making a pointy flip, the again finish swung out on the cobbles, the drive wheels acquired higher grip on the tarmac and the automobile surged ahead and also you had no likelihood of controlling what occurred.
“You’re a poor driver.”
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