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VIDEO: CCTV footage shows shocking sight of man being hit by a car in Braunton

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: December 21, 2012

  • CCTV footage shows a man being hit by a car in Braunton


A COURT has been shown shocking CCTV footage of the moment a young driver hit a drunken man with his car before driving away from the scene.

Adrian Snook was left with two broken wrists, a cut forehead, cuts in his mouth and was unable to work for weeks after the incident which happened on Exeter Road in Braunton in August.

The car was being driven by 18-year-old supermarket worker Cameron Jake Sanders of Belmont Road in Barnstaple who had passed his driving test less than a month before.

VIDEO: CCTV footage shows the moment the car hit Adrian Snook on Exeter Road in Braunton. The incident occurs 1 minute and 5 seconds into the video.

Sanders appeared at North Devon Magistrates' Court this week where he pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention and failing to stop after a road accident.

The court heard Mr Snook had been visiting family in Braunton and had been on a night out with his cousin when the incident occurred.

Sue Roberts, for the prosecution, said there had been a disorder in a pub near the square crossroads which led to several people being ejected from the establishment.

She said: "Mr Snook was not involved in the disorder but he was one of several pedestrians milling around the area.

"The defendant was aware that the group of people were there.

"Mr Sanders had been driving from Croyde and was waiting at traffic lights preparing to turn right to Barnstaple."

The court was then shown CCTV footage taken from inside the Hunter surf store which showed Sanders' black Ford Fiesta hitting Mr Snook as he crossed the road.

The video showed Sanders driving away from the scene.

Miss Roberts said: "The defendant admits his standard of driving fell well below the competency level.

"He was travelling at 30mph and, although he wasn't breaking the speed limit, he accepts this speed was inappropriate for the road conditions.

"He also failed to stop."

The court heard Mr Snook had to spend two days in hospital receiving treatment for two broken wrists, a cut forehead, cut mouth and stiff neck.

Mr Snook, who is a qualified plumber and electrician, has been unable to work since the incident and has been suffering with sleepless nights, flashbacks, mood swings and depression.

Zara Svensson, for the defence, said Sanders had passed his driving test in July and knew he should have taken extra care.

She said: "He drove on after the incident and said to his passenger, 'what just happened?'

"He stopped the car near Tesco in Braunton and asked his friend to call the police.

"He's a responsible young man who has worked hard at Sainsbury's for the past two years. His bosses think very highly of him.

"Since the incident he has tried to drive again but finds it too difficult, so he has given up."

Presiding Magistrate Rosemary Day said: "We have to consider the serious injuries caused by this event.

"However, we are also mindful that you are 18, inexperienced, and have accepted full responsibility.

"You are of good character and have no previous convictions."

Sanders was disqualified from driving for nine months and fined £220.

He was also given a community order which included 120 hours of unpaid work.

Sanders was ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

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