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A young Derby motorist has admitted being responsible for leaving a passenger with life-changing injuries after crashing his car into a tree.
Mohammed Yaqub pleaded guilty causing serious injury by dangerous driving when he appeared over Skype at Derby Crown Court.
The 21-year-old, of Normanton, lost control of the Toyota Corolla he was behind the wheel of left Manor Road, in Littleover and smashed head-on into a tree.
His passenger, a friend, has spent more than a year in hospital since it happened, such are the seriousness of his injuries.
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Judge Nirmal Shant QC, Honorary Recorder of Derby, told Yaqub, of Clarence Road: “You have pleaded guilty to a very serious matter and the likely result is a period in custody and a substantial one at that.
“But that can’t take place today, that will take place on July 21 and you will be required to physically come to this court.
“I can assure you the court is Covid-19 compliant in any risk coming into the court.
“You will be given clear instructions by security when you get here.”
Judge Shant handed Yaqub unconditional bail until that date.
The incident happened on the evening of May 8, 2019.
Emergency services arrived at the scene to find that a man, a lifelong friend of the defendant, was trapped in the car and then cut free by firefighters.
The road was closed for several hours as the roads policing unit, forensics officers, firefighter and paramedics dealt with the incident and worked to release the man from the silver vehicle.
The injured man, a passenger in the vehicle, was taken to the Queen's Medical Centre by East Midlands Ambulance Service.
A police statement, released t the time read: "A 20-year-old Derby man has been arrested following a collision in Manor Road, Derby.
"At the scene, a Toyota Corolla was found to have been in collision with a tree.
"The driver of the car, a 20-year-old man from Derby, has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving."
Speaking at the time, a Manor Road resident said the incident caused chaos in the area and that a large number of emergency services workers attended the scene.
She said: "The road was closed for hours and police had to escort an ambulance to Queen's Medical Centre.
"There were around 30 members of the emergency services there for about four hours and when they drove off, forensics stayed at the scene for most of the night."
Steve Cobley, Yaqub’s barrister, asked Judge Shant if she would consider allowing his client to be interviewed ahead of sentencing by the probation service so a possible alternative to custody could be explored.
He said the defendant is aged just 21 and has no previous convictions of any kind.
Judge Shant replied: “This is a case that is plainly going to end up in a lengthy prison sentence and there is nothing a pre-sentence report can tell me that you can’t tell me when you mitigate.”