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£1,000 COMPENSATION: Prison officer from Hemel convicted of causing serious injury by careless driving

 Published on: 26th February 2024   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A prison officer from Hemel Hempstead has been convicted of causing serious injury by careless driving after ploughing into a queue of stationary traffic.

Cory Pearson, 27, put one woman in hospital for 14 days where she was treated for two punctured lungs and fractured ribs. He damaged five cars.

He was banned from driving for a year on Friday and was ordered to pay £1,000 compensation and carry out 100 hours’ unpaid community work.

St Albans Crown Court heard how on 14 November 2022 at 8.30am Pearson was driving a Peugeot boxer van on the A414.

He went into the back of a queue of traffic at significant speed, causing carnage to the vehicles. He told the police his brakes hadn’t been working, but subsequent checks revealed no faults.

The injured woman had to be extracted from her vehicle by the fire and rescue service. She said the accident had had a huge impact on her physical and mental wellbeing and her confidence had been hugely affected, with her mum having to move into her home to support her for four weeks.

Mitigating, Dana Bilan said Pearson was a man of good character and any prison sentence would impact his job.

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