Basingstoke man charged with dangerous driving

A MAN has been charged with dangerous driving after a pedestrian was knocked down, suffering serious injuries.

A 56-year-old man was crossing New Road in Basingstoke, near the junction with London Road, when he was hit by a BMW car on April 25 this year.

He was taken to Basingstoke hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries, spent five weeks in hospital and is now continuing to recover at home.

Christopher Neil Whitehorn of Hill View Road, South Ham, Basingstoke has been charged by police investigating the collision, with dangerous driving, driving without insurance and fraud by false representation, for which the 26-year-old is accused of failing to disclose information in the course of obtaining motor insurance.

He was bailed to appear at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on November 20.

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5:12pm Wed 14 Nov 12

W Wallace says...

6 month suspended sentence coming his way. Like he will care as he will be back behind a wheel in no time. I hope the car was confiscated sold and all proceeds were given to the victim.
6 month suspended sentence coming his way. Like he will care as he will be back behind a wheel in no time. I hope the car was confiscated sold and all proceeds were given to the victim. W Wallace

7:10pm Wed 14 Nov 12

BugBear says...

I wonder if this is the same young BMW driver who raced up behind me on the Reading Road a while ago. He undercut my car as I changed into the outside lane in preparation to turn right on the roundabout, forcing me to brake sharply and then leap from his car arms flaying like a demented monkey when I flashed my lights at him. I had to hold back my passenger, who banged his head from leaping from the car and beating him to a pulp. As it was after the idiot returned to his car and other drivers who had stopped shook their heads in disbelief, I followed him to the rear Tesco's car park and tackled him about his inconsiderate and dangerous driving, his only reply was @ what do I care, its not my car anyway' the mind boggles. I reported the incident to the police who took note of his number, description and stupid dangerous attitude.
I wonder if this is the same young BMW driver who raced up behind me on the Reading Road a while ago. He undercut my car as I changed into the outside lane in preparation to turn right on the roundabout, forcing me to brake sharply and then leap from his car arms flaying like a demented monkey when I flashed my lights at him. I had to hold back my passenger, who banged his head from leaping from the car and beating him to a pulp. As it was after the idiot returned to his car and other drivers who had stopped shook their heads in disbelief, I followed him to the rear Tesco's car park and tackled him about his inconsiderate and dangerous driving, his only reply was @ what do I care, its not my car anyway' the mind boggles. I reported the incident to the police who took note of his number, description and stupid dangerous attitude. BugBear

3:17pm Thu 15 Nov 12

AndrewRH says...

Best wishes to the person hit for a speedy recovery.

The charge was 'dangerous' driving instead of the lesser charge of 'careless' driving.

It would be interesting to find out if the police charge people differently - dangerous vs careless - depending if they hit a person who is walking or riding a bicycle.

Reference: The Times 29 May 2012, "Tougher sentences demanded against drivers who kill cyclists"
Best wishes to the person hit for a speedy recovery. The charge was 'dangerous' driving instead of the lesser charge of 'careless' driving. It would be interesting to find out if the police charge people differently - dangerous vs careless - depending if they hit a person who is walking or riding a bicycle. Reference: The Times 29 May 2012, "Tougher sentences demanded against drivers who kill cyclists" AndrewRH

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