A WOMAN was injured after her car was wrecked in a crash caused by two friends racing each other on a twisting country lane.
Craig Hillman and Steven Dillon were driving too fast, overtaking other cars and hurtling round corners on the wrong side of the road before they both crashed.
Dillon lost control and hit one oncoming driver before rebounding into the path of vet Mary Noon, whose Vauxhall Astra took the brunt of the impact, Exeter Crown Court was told.
The two friends were speeding on the B3137 between Witheridge and Tiverton before the head-on crash last June.
Quarry worker Craig Hillman, 29, of Ford Road, Tiverton, admitted dangerous driving and his sentence was adjourned for reports by Recorder Mr Robert Linford.
Dillon, also from Tiverton, admitted the same charge at Central Devon Magistrates Court and his case was committed for sentence to the Crown Court, where they will both be dealt with next month.
The recorder told him that he is not considering a jail sentence but a disqualification of at least 12 months is mandatory.
Mr James Taghdissian, prosecuting, said the four car pile up was caused by Hillman and Dillon driving too fast, overtaking dangerously and going onto the wrong side of the road.
He said:”They were racing each other. They were driving far too fast and at times were driving on the wrong side of the road.
“This was a typical Devon country road where they were in effect overtaking other traffic regardless of whether it was safe to do so.
“They went round a corner with Dillon in front and he lost control. His car hits the passenger door of one vehicle and ricochets and hits the vet’s car, colliding side on.
“Hillman’s car is following and he brakes and tries to take avoiding action but is involved in a further minor collision.”
Mr Taghdissian said vet Mary Noon and Dillon’s girlfriend, who was a passenger in his Ford Focus, were both injured in the accident.
Mr Joss Ticehurst, defending, said Hillman has a steady job in stone and quarry work and is very concerned about the effect of losing his licence. He said his wife is expecting their first child in December.