Teen driver banned for schoolgirl crash

Police investigate the scene of the accident
Police investigate the scene of the accident

A TEENAGE driver who caused another car to plough into a schoolgirl on a pedestrian crossing earlier this year has been banned from the road.

The accident happened on the crossing in Seaside, near the junction with Southbourne Road and outside St Andrew’s Church, in April when Hassan Alaani failed to notice the car in front of him had stopped to let the 14-year-old girl cross over.

He drove his Mercedes into the back of another car which shunted it into the schoolgirl.

She suffered serious injuries and although she is out of hospital, is still recovering from the collision.

Alaani, 18, of Princes Road, Eastbourne, appeared before the town’s magistrates last week charged with careless driving. He pleaded guilty and was disqualified from driving for nine months, fined £100 and ordered to pay £65 court costs.

After the hearing, Sussex Police issued a warning to young drivers to take care on the roads.

Sergeant Dave Morgan from the Sussex Police Road Policing Unit said, “This case clearly highlights the issue of young drivers being at a higher risk of being involved in serious collisions than other road using groups.

“The sentence imposed by the court should be a warning to all drivers, but particularly young drivers, that their driving can put their driving licence in jeopardy, but more importantly put innocent members of the public at risk of being seriously injured or killed.

“We make no apologies for rigorously enforcing road traffic law to try to ensure the safety of all road users and prevent collisions that can have huge consequences for all involved.”